In Summary
  • The IOC had barred Mutko from all future Olympics in December 2017 because of his involvement in the scandal surrounding blanket doping in Russia, notably during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi when he was Sports Minister.
  • Russia was later banned from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, although 168 athletes were allowed to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

LAUSANNE

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) overturned on Thursday the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to impose a lifetime ban on the former Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko.

"The decision concerning Mr Vitaly Mutko, adopted by the IOC Executive Board on 5 December 2017, is set aside," states the ruling from Cas.

However, it added that the IOC retains the right to take any future decision with regard to "any specific edition of the Olympic Games".

The IOC had barred Mutko from all future Olympics in December 2017 because of his involvement in the scandal surrounding blanket doping in Russia, notably during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi when he was Sports Minister.

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