Court lifts lifetime ‘doping’ ban on Russia’s former sports minister

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The main international sports legal body has lifted a lifetime ban on attending future Olympics, on the former Sports Minister of Russia, Vitaly Mutko.

The restriction had been in place after dozens of the country’s athletes and coaches were accused of involvement in a huge state-run doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi winter games.

Mutko was banned in 2017 by the International Olympics Committee for his alleged leading role in the doping scheme.

Moscow denies the claims that a doping programme ever existed.

And documents just released online show that the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week ruled the IOC does not have the right to sanction Mutko, as he was not officially part of the Russian delegation.

However, the IOC stressed that it’s a jurisdiction issue.


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