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The IOC headquarters in Lausanne


Russia's National Olympic Committee (ROC) remains suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Around five months before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games, the international sports court Cas rejected the appeal against the IOC decision.

The responsible Cas panel rejected the appeal and found that the IOC “did not violate the principles of legality, equality, foreseeability or proportionality,” it said in a statement.

The arbitration award “is currently subject to a confidentiality review,” which is why it will not be published immediately.

A lawsuit can be filed against a judge's decision in a Swiss federal court within 30 days.

The IOC suspended the ROC “with immediate effect” on October 12th, reacting to a “breach of the Olympic Charter”.

The ROC had previously accepted the sports organizations of the annexed Ukrainian regions of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk as members, thereby "violating the territorial integrity of the NOC of Ukraine," as the IOC announced at the time.

Nothing changes for athletes

The ROC demanded a resumption by the IOC with recognition of all associated rights.

As a result of the suspension, the ROC has to forego funding from the IOC, among other things.

Nothing will initially change for the athletes from Russia and Belarus: They are allowed to start as neutral athletes at the Olympic Games in Paris (July 26th to August 11th) under certain conditions.