The Court of Arbitration For Sport (CAS) has opened two temporary offices designated to resolve legal disputes and doping cases on the site of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The two offices will operate every day until August 21st, 2016 when the Games come to a close.
This marks the first time in Olympic history that the CAS will be in charge of doping-related matters at the Games as a first-instance authority.
Prior to these Games, the IOC ruled on doping cases. To read more about the decision to hand over the responsibility to the CAS click here.
CAS press release:
For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the CAS will be in charge of doping-related matters arising on the occasion of the Games as a first-instance authority. This new structure will handle potential doping cases referred to it in accordance with the IOC Anti-doping Rules. The CAS Anti-doping Division will adjudicate on these cases after hearing the parties concerned. It may also impose provisional suspensions pending the conclusion of the procedure. Final decisions rendered by the CAS Anti-doping Division may be appealed before the CAS ad hoc Division in Rio or before the CAS in Lausanne after the end of the Olympic Games.
The addition of these offices follows a continuing trend of anti-doping rhetoric at these Olympic Games following the proof of a state-sponsored doping system in Russia, and multiple newly revealed positive tests from past Olympics.
One doping case that the CAS will be involved in is that of Olympic medallist Yulia Efimova. Efimova was banned from competing at the Olympic Games, however her agent said that she will appeal that decision to the CAS.
To read the entire CAS press release click here.