The appeals were consolidated and referred to the same Panel of CAS arbitrators: Mr Otto L.O. De Witt Wijnen, The Netherlands (President), Mr Olivier Carrard, Switzerland, andJudge (ret.) James Robert Reid QC, UK. The Panel held a hearing at the CAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on 14-17 November 2016. Messrs Balakhnichev, Melnikov and Diack did not attend and were represented by their legal counsel.
The Panel concluded that on the evidence adduced, the charges against Messrs Balakhnichev,
Melnikov and Diack were established beyond reasonable doubt and that the sanctions imposed should be upheld.
The full award with grounds will be published as soon as possible.