The international Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced the timeline for its decision on the punishment for Cesar Cielo and his three brazilian teammates, who tested positive at the Maria Lenk Trophy for the banned substance furosemide.
The CAS will dispatch an arbitration panel to Shanghai, will they will convede a half-day hearing on July 20th. Some parties (including the accused and some witnesses) will join via teleconference. The CAS will then deliberate, and has assured a decision no later than July 22nd. The pool-swimming portion of the World Championships will begin July 24th.
FINA has requested that the warning given as punishment by the Brazilian swimming federation (CBDA) be replaced with a suspension and forfeiture of all results since the positive tests. Based on the wording of the appeal, it is implied that FINA will not consider “time served,” and are asking that any suspension will begin as of the date that the CAS decision is rendered. This would mean that a suspension of any length would disqualify Cielo, the only swimmer who is still entered into the World Championships, from competition.
Now that we know the timeline for the decision, I expect everything to be pretty quiet between now and next Wednesday when the hearing is scheduled for. The full text of the release is below.
Lausanne, 13 July 2011 – Following the registration of four appeals filed by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) against Cesar Cielo, Nicholas dos Santos, Henrique Ribeiro Marques Barbosa and Vinicus Rocha Barbosa Waked and the Brazilian Aquatics Confederation (CBDA), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirms that these matters will be settled by way of an expedited procedure.
A CAS Panel will hear all parties concerned at a hearing which will take place in Shanghai on 20 July 2011, with some parties and witnesses participating via video conference. The hearing should last approximately half a day. Then, the arbitral Panel will start its deliberations and will render its final decisions no later than 22 July 2011 at the end of the day (Swiss time).
In its appeals, FINA requests that the warnings issued by the CBDA be replaced by a period of ineligibility and that the results achieved by the athletes from the date of sample collection (7/8 May 2011 depending on athlete concerned) until the commencement of the period of ineligibility be annulled.