CAS decision on July 17

CAS decision on July 17

A single arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear the case of six Indian female athletes and the decision was expected to be announced on July 17.

The arbitrator, Briton Mark Andrew Hovell, is the head of a solicitor’s firm in Manchester and a former secretary of the British Basketball Players Association.

The ‘operative part’ of the decision on an appeal filed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in this expedited procedure will be made available on July 17. The IAAF had sought two-year suspensions for all six 400 metres runners in its appeal as against the one-year ban imposed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) which they have completed.

The IAAF, meanwhile, has re-imposed the provisional suspensions on the remaining two India female quarter-milers -- Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar -- for their anti-doping rule violations. The IAAF had already re-imposed suspensions on four Indian female athletes -- Mandeep Kaur, Jauna Murmu, Sini Jose and Tiana Mary Thomas -- on the completion of their one-year ban, pending resolution of its appeal.

The athlete’s attorney RK Anand is scheduled to proceed to Lausanne, Switzerland, to attend the hearing on July 16.

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