Mutko appeals to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks at news conference in Moscow July 23, 2016, Rio Olympics athletes doping ban. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks at news conference in Moscow July 23, 2016, Rio Olympics athletes doping ban. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

LAUSANNE, Jan 9 — The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said today that it has received an appeal from former Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko against a life ban for his role in doping.

“CAS has received the appeal and the process has started,” the Lausanne-based court confirmed to AFP.

Moutko was singled out by a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency on state-sponsored Russian doping, and was banned by the International Olympic Committee on December 5. 

Late in December he resigned as president of the Russian football federation and then as president of the 2018 World Cup organising committee. He said he wanted to focus on defending himself and would take his case to CAS. — AFP

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