On 18 July 2016, the Appellants filed a statement of appeal at the CAS, including a request for a stay of execution of the ICF Executive Committee’s decision which was rejected by the CAS as it did not address the criteria set out in the CAS rules. The arbitration was conducted by a panel of CAS arbitrators: Prof. Dr. Michael Geistlinger, Austria (President), Mr Romano F. Subiotto QC, Belgium/UK, and Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke, Germany. The Panel heard the parties and their experts at a hearing which took place at the CAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on 7 November 2016.
On the basis of the evidence and arguments submitted by the parties, the CAS Panel found that there was insufficient evidence to uphold several of the alleged anti-doping rule violations. Accordingly, in the absence of multiple anti-doping rule violations, the Panel found that there was no justification to uphold the imposition of a one-year ban on the Belarus senior men’s Canoe and Kayak teams and decided to set aside the decision taken by the ICF Executive Committee.
The Arbitral Award will be published on the CAS website in a few days.