CAS Dismisses Russian Olympic Committee’s Appeal, Upholds IOC Suspension

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC’s) appeal challenging the imposition of suspension by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the breach of the Olympic Charter by the ROC in October 2023. 

This was owing to its unilateral decision to include certain regional sports organisations falling under the jurisdiction of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), as its members. It was noted that such a decision infringed upon the territorial integrity of Ukraine’s Olympic Committee and, thus, was in violation of the Olympic Charter.

An appeal against this decision was filed before CAS, requesting that the October 2023 decision be set aside, and the ROC be reinstated as an NOC recognised by the IOC. However, this appeal was dismissed, with the CAS Panel upholding the decision dated October 12, 2023. The CAS Panel ruled that there was no breach of “the principles of legality, equality, predictability or proportionality” by the IOC Executive Board.

It is stated that an appeal against the decision of the CAS Panel may be filed before the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days on limited grounds.

The arbitral award has not been uploaded yet, as it is under a confidentiality review.