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CAS decision

Lausanne, 6 October 2011 – the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued the following decision:

“The IOC Executive Board’s June 27, 2008 decision* prohibiting athletes who have been suspended for more than six months for an anti-doping rule violation from participating in the next Olympic Games following the expiration of their suspension is invalid and unenforceable.”

* The International Olympic Committee’s Rule 45, also called the Six-Month Rule or the “Osaka Rule” bared athletes with six-month suspensions from the next Games.