A one-year ban imposed on the Belarus men’s team by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has yesterday been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reports Inside the Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the Belarus men’s canoe and kayak team was wrongly banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in a doping case. Its judging panel overturned a one-year ban imposed on the team last July by the ICF.
There was “insufficient evidence to uphold several of the alleged anti-doping rule violations,” the court said.
Five Belarus team members tested positive for meldonium after a police raid on their training camp in France last April. Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich [pictured in header above and photo left, London 2012] were among those who failed. The duo won the C2 1,000m Olympic title at Beijing 2008 and then claimed silver four years later in London.
French police and customs officials “confiscated various substances, medication, material and medical equipment,” CAS said.
The panel ruled “there was no justification” for the ban if multiple doping violations were not proved. Its detailed reasons will be published within days.
The situation has caused outrage in Belarus with the country’s National Olympic Committee even threatening legal action against “individual members” of the ICF (#alternativefacts) in the Swiss civil courts.
Download Media Release from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 25-01-2017: ICF "disappointed" by CAS verdict as Belarus seek compensation