Bases Loaded for Court of Arbitration for Sport

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has seen a remarkable number of cases since opening at the 2016 Olympic Games. In the week since opening, the division has already registered 11 cases, matching the total number of cases evaluated during the entire 2012 Olympic Games.

Although CAS has been busy so far, it is not unexpected. The origination of many disputes is related to Russian athletes and whether or not they were allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro games. In response to the high level of doping allegations, the CAS opened two temporary divisions for the Rio Games, with one specifically devoted to the evaluation of doping claims. This is the first time that CAS is the first-instance authority on doping matters. CAS has brought in six arbitrators to solely hear doping cases, with another 12 arbitrators available internationally.

The CAS Anti-Doping Division will pick one or three arbitrators to evaluate the claims. Arbitrators will be tasked with reviewing the information and assessing a response under the Anti-Doping Division’s rules and procedures within 24 hours. All appeals will be handled by the CAS’s “ad hoc” division, which delivers a decision within 24 hours.

CAS will operate on site through the end of the Olympic Games. Additionally, the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association has volunteered their time to assist athletes before tribunals that do not have representation. The Rio Olympics run through August 21, 2016.

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