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Summary of the proceedings pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) relating to Appeals of Russian athletes, federations and teams

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Media Release Lausanne, 5 April 2022

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) provides the following summary of the proceedings pending before it relating to the appeals of Russian athletes, federations and teams:

CAS 2022/A/8708 Football Union of Russia (FUR) v. FIFA, UEFA, Polish Football Association, Swedish Football Association, Czech Football Association, Football Association of Montenegro & Malta Football Association: On 18 March 2022, the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division rejected the FUR’s request to stay, for the duration of the CAS proceedings, the execution of the FIFA Council’s decision to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from participation in its competitions until further notice. The reasoned Order on Request for Provisional Measures will be published on the CAS website later this week. The Panel of arbitrators is currently being constituted. No procedural calendar has been established yet.

CAS 2022/A/8709 FUR v. UEFA, Hellenic Football Federation, Association Belarus Football, Danish Football Association, Luxembourgish Football, Austrian Football Association, Malta Football Association, Portuguese Football Federation, The Football Association, Spanish Football Association, Irish Football Association, French Football Association: On 18 March 2022, the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division rejected the FUR’s request to stay, for the duration of the CAS proceedings, the execution of the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from its competitions until further notice. The reasoned Order on Request for Provisional Measures will be published on the CAS website later this week. The Panel of arbitrators is currently being constituted. No procedural calendar has been established yet.

CAS 2022/A/8717 FUR v. FIFA, Polish Football Association, Swedish Football Association, Czech Football Association: On 30 March 2022, the FUR informed the CAS Court Office that it withdrew its appeal. This procedure will be terminated shortly.

CAS 2022/A/8714 Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) v. European Olympic Committees (EOC): The ROC filed an appeal against the decision taken on 2 March 2022 by the EOC Executive Committee not to allow Russian and Belarus athletes and officials to participate in the 2022 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival. The ROC seeks a ruling from CAS setting aside such decision and ordering that ROC athletes and officials be entitled to take part in all competitions organised by the EOC, including the 2022 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival and the 2022 Summer European Youth Olympic Festival. On 18 March 2022, the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division rejected the ROC’s request to stay the execution of the EOC Executive Committee’s decision. The Panel of arbitrators that will decide this matter is being constituted.

CAS 2022/A/8733 Russian Skating Union, Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Semen Elistratov, Angelika Golikova, Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov v. International Skating Union (ISU): The Russian Skating Union, the Figure Skating Federation of Russian and four Russian speed/figure skaters filed an appeal against the decision issued by the ISU Council on 1 March 2022 in which it was announced that with immediate effect and until further notice, no skaters belonging to the ISU members in Russia shall be invited or allowed to participate in international ice-skating competitions such as ISU Championships and other ISU events. The appellant-parties seek the annulment of the ISU Council’s decision. The Panel of arbitrators that will decide this matter is being constituted.

CAS 2022/A/8734 Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) v. International Biathlon Union (IBU): The RBU filed an appeal against the decision issued by the IBU Executive Board on 2 March 2022 in which it decided not to allow the participation of any Russian or Belarusian athletes and officials at its international events until further notice including non-sports events organised by the IBU for its members, and noted that it would further discuss a potential suspension of the two national federations from their IBU membership. At the request of the RBU, the CAS proceedings are currently suspended. CAS 2022/A/8755 Russian Rowing Federation (RRF) v. World Rowing: The RRF filed an appeal against the decision taken by the World Rowing Executive Commission not to allow the participation of Russian athletes and officials in any of its international competitions, with immediate effect and until further notice. The RRF seeks the annulment of such decision.

CAS 2022/A/8761 Rugby Union of Russia (RUR) v. World Rugby: The RUR filed an appeal against the decision taken by the World Rugby Executive Committee to suspend RUR membership in World Rugby and exclude the RUR teams from all international meetings at all levels. The RUR seeks the annulment of such decision and the reinstatement of all Russian teams for participation in all World Rugby competitions.

CAS 2022/A/8778 Russian Gymnastics Federation, Angelina Melnikova, Nikita Nagornyy, Mikhail Zalomin & Vitalii Ivanchuk v. International Gymnastics Federation (FIG): The Russian Gymnastics Federation, three gymnasts and a gymnastics judge filed an appeal against the decision taken by the FIG Executive Committee not to allow Russian athletes and officials, including judges, to take part in FIG competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions from 7 March 2022 until further notice. The appellant-parties seek the annulment of the FIG Executive Committee’s decision.

CAS 2022/A/8777 Russian Gymnastics Federation, Angelina Melnikova, Nikita Nagornyy, Mikhail Zalomin, Vitalii Ivanchuk & Irina Karavaeva v. European Gymnastics: The Russian Gymnastics Federation, three gymnasts, a gymnastics judge and a technical official filed an appeal against the decision taken by the Executive Committee of European Gymnastics not to allow athletes, officials and judges from the Russian Gymnastics Federation to participate in any European Gymnastics events until further notice. The appellant-parties seek the annulment of the European Gymnastics Executive Committee’s decision and a ruling from CAS that Russian athletes, officials and judges be entitled to take part in all European Gymnastics events under the same conditions as all athletes, officials and judges from other countries.

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