Russian Olympic Skiers Might Rely on Civil Law Courts to Object to IOC’s ‘Life Restriction’ Choice

Moscow, November 9. / TASS/. Russia might rely on civil law courts looking for justice versus the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) choice to prohibit for life a group of Russian cross-country skiers, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko informed TASS on Thursday.

An IOC unique commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, suggested previously in the day to prohibit for life 4 Russian cross-country skiers, in addition, to cancel they’re arise from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi over doping abuse accusations. The 4 skiers at the issue are Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexey Petukhov, Julia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova.

” We will render complete assistance to the professional athletes as our company believes them and the group,” Mutko, who supervises the concerns of sports, tourist and youth affairs in the Russian federal government, stated in an interview with TASS.

” I hope that the professional athletes and pertinent federations will be submitting appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” he stated. “It is possible that their cases might be rendered to civil law courts with adversarial guidelines, as in the present case we see neither a guaranteed prosecution side nor an interrogation treatment.”.

” There is an anticipation of innocence and each professional athlete has a complete right to his/her personal defense,” the Russian deputy prime minister included.

On November 1, the IOC slapped with life prohibits 2 Russian cross-country skiers, Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov, over doping abuse allegations as well as ruled to annul they’re arise from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The IOC specified on November 1 that its choice to prohibit Russian skiers Legkov and Belov were made based upon the very first conclusions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which had been carried out in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping examinations.

In July 2016, the IOC established 2 different commissions to penetrate doping abuse claims in Russian sports along with the supposed participation of state authorities in adjustments with performance-boosting drugs, especially at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi.

The very first of the 2 commissions is an Inquiry Commission, chaired by the previous President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid. The commission is checking out allegations set out in the McLaren report that declares the presence of an expected institutional conspiracy in Russia’s summer season and winter season sports, where the nation’s state authorities were presumably taken part in.

The 2nd investigative body at the issue is a Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald. This commission is entrusted to deal with supposed doping usages and adjustment of samples worrying the Russian professional athletes, who took part in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
The next Olympics, which are XXIII Winter Olympic Games, will happen in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018 and involvement of the entire Russian nationwide group in the case is still under a question.