MOSCOW, Dec 19 – RIA Novosti, Alexander Rogulev. The Russian Rugby Federation will consult with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) about the possibility of appealing the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) independently as a new party in this case, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Russian Rugby Federation (FRR) Kirill Yashenkov told RIA Novosti.
On December 17, CAS published a decision on a dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which states that Russian athletes cannot participate in major international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, under the flag of Russia until December 2022 year. Points of the CAS decision include a ban on Russia from submitting bids to host major events during this period. Earlier, Russia announced plans to apply to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031. The elections of the host countries will take place in 2022, when the ban on organizing tournaments will still be in effect. The ROC, along with the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), acted as a third party in CAS.
“At the moment we have received only the operative part of the CAS decision. Now we are waiting for the entire document, which, as far as I understand, is 186 pages. To begin with, I would like to read the full text. But it is already clear that this decision affects the interests and rights not only those federations and athletes that were participants in the process, but also the interests of the RDF.After studying the text, I will consult with the ROC to determine whether we will have the right to appeal independently as a new party to this decision. , we will have such a right, “he added. Yashenkov clarified that FRR has never been involved in doping scandals. “This decision is illegal, unreasonable, unmotivated and unfair,” he said. “I believe that the punishment should only apply to those athletes and those federations who have been convicted of doping and illegal drugs. This decision should not in any way affect federations that have never been involved in doping scandals, and this is the federation is the FRR. “ “I am convinced that such decisions should be targeted. That is, they should affect specific athletes. In fact, such decisions affect the fate of an indefinite circle of individuals. In fact, all athletes in Russia for some reason are punished by this decision, although many of them never were not involved. This is one more of the grounds for canceling the decision upon further appeal, “the agency’s interlocutor summed up.