CAS Rules in Favor of USOC on Rule 45 – No Olympic Bans

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 1

October 06th, 2011 Industry

The CAS has ruled that Rule 45 of the Olympic charter (also referred to as the “Osaka Rule”) i sinvalid and unenforceable. As anticipated, the CAS ruled that the one-Olympic suspension for any doping-ban of greater than six months would be considered a “disciplinary sanction” rather than a matter of eligibility, as the IOC tried to argue it was, and thus would be in violation of Article 23.2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Code that both the IOC and USOC were signatories to.

The CAS panel didn’t necessarily argue that the one-Olympic suspension was a bad idea, however. They emphasized that the IOC could still propose an amendment to the World Anti-Dopin Code which, if approved by the other signatories, would then present no conflicts.

Click here to read the brief press release from the CAS.
Click here to read the full arbitration award from the CAS that outlines the full case and all case details.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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