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Sherman & Howard Sports Attorney Weighs in on International Olympic Committee Court Victory


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February 13, 2018 – The Associated Press interviewed Sherman & Howard’s sports law attorney, Stephen Hess, regarding the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) February 9 court victory against Russia’s attempt to get 45 banned athletes into this year’s Olympics.

The ban was a result of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, but gave individual athletes the ability to apply for admission as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”168 Russian athletes passed the vetting process.  However, dozens that did not pass filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“There is no absolute right to get an invitation from the IOC to come to the Olympics,” Hess said. “That was within the IOC’s discretion. If Russia had an Olympic team, CAS might have said: ‘IOC, the Russians can put them on their own team. You can’t keep them out.’ But Russia doesn’t have an Olympic team.”

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“Appeals by 45 Russian Athletes Against Olympic Bans Rejected,” Associated Press News.  February 9, 2018.