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CAS Invalidates RusAF National Team Eligibility Criteria

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

We have successfully represented two Russian track-and-field athletes who appealed against the decision of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) imposing illegal anti-doping sanctions.


With an award of 5 August 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeal by Ms Nigina Tukhtaeva and Igor Obraztsov, Russian track-and-field athletes, against the decision of RusAF of 5 April 2020 which introduced certain eligibility criteria for the Russian athletics national team. Pursuant to the Criteria, any Russian athletes sanctioned for a violation of anti-doping rules that occurred after 18 November 2015 would not be eligible for Russian athletics national teams or allowed to participate in any official competitions, even after respective sanctions expire.

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