The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it will make decisions Tuesday, August 2 on whether Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev can compete in the Rio Olympics, with a decision on Yulia Efimova coming later on.
CAS published a press release Monday giving updates on a number of appeals registered recently, noting that it has registered 11 cases since July 26 – that’s more applications for CAS decisions in the past week than CAS received in the entire period of the 2012 Olympics, CAS says.
Among the 6 existing cases updated were three swimmers – Morozov, Lobintsev and Efimova. You can read the full press release here.
Morozov and Lobintsev
Morozov and Lobintsev were two of three swimmers banned by FINA (the world swimming governing body) based on their inclusion in the McLaren Report last month on alleged state-sponsored doping within Russia.
Their appeal against FINA’s decision included a hearing on July 31, and the parties involved had time after the hearing to provide additional materials to the CAS panel.
CAS says a decision will be made tomorrow, August 2nd, as to the outcome of their appeal and their eligibility to compete in the Rio Olympics.
Efimova’s appeal is against the Russian Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee and FINA. She was officially withdrawn from Rio by the Russian Olympic Committee after the McLaren Report.
CAS says her hearing took place today, August 1st, and was adjourned until tomorrow afternoon. There is no date slated for her decision, only CAS’s statement that “the next steps for this procedure will be decided then [August 2].”
The eligibility of the banned Russian athletes is still a bit of a logistical nightmare. While CAS is hearing appeals, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also formed a three-member panel to finalize decisions on which Russian athletes can and cannot compete in Rio.
It’s hard to exactly determine which decisions will affect which athletes the most, but the IOC panel decisions are supposed to be handed down in the next few days as well.