The Latest: CAS hearing begins on Russian appeal of IAAF ban


The Latest on the release of a report that confirmed widespread doping in Russian sports (all times local to Rio):

6 a.m.

A hearing is underway to determine whether Russia’s entire athletics team will be banned from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is hearing an appeal in Geneva by 68 Russian athletes against the IAAF’s decision to ban the Russian team due to widespread doping.

Since the World Anti-Doping Agency first accused Russia of systematic doping in November, leading athletes, coaches, and officials have been suspended over drug use.

The case is separate from the McLaren Report, which on Monday detailed a vast cover-up of Russian doping cases, alleging the Russian Sports Ministry ordered hundreds of positive test results to be concealed, including many in athletics.

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4 a.m.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee has a teleconference on Tuesday to go over options in the wake of a report that uncovered a state-run doping scheme in Russia that ensnared 28 sports, both summer and winter.

It started in 2011 and ended four years later — well past the time when Russian authorities knew they were under the doping microscope.

After receiving the evidence from the report it commissioned, the World Anti-Doping Agency called for the IOC to consider a ban of Russia’s entire Olympic team. But a blanket ban is not a sure thing.

The decision to deliver one is rife with political ramifications that involve a country that sent the third-most athletes (more than 430) to the previous Summer Olympics, four years ago in London. It puts the IOC in the position of ruling against one of its biggest supporters, a nation that spent more than $50 billion hosting the Winter Games in Sochi just two years ago.

IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee wouldn’t hesitate to apply the toughest sanctions available. Whether the IOC issues its decision on Tuesday or simply sets the table for it to come later, it could be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.