In December 2015, the BWF filed an appeal at the CAS against the decision taken by the IWF President on 9 November 2015 in which the BWF was fined USD 500,000 and banned from entering the next Olympic Games after 11 of its athletes were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations.
With respect to the fine, the Sole Arbitrator found that the IWF President had no jurisdiction to take such decision alone. In accordance with the IWF Rules, it is for the Executive Board to rule on the issue of the fine.
Notwithstanding the above, the decision of the IWF President with respect to the ban on entering the next Olympic Games is confirmed as the Sole Arbitrator found that the regulations do not specifically determine that the Executive Board of the IWF should take such decision, and also because the precondition for the imposition of such a ban was complied with (9 or more athletes were found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation within one sporting season).
The Arbitral Award, with the grounds for the Sole Arbitrator’s decision, will be issued in due course.