Russian federations, athletes have filed several complaints about the ban on sporting events during the war in Ukraine

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russian federations and athletes have faced multiple legal challenges in fighting a ban on participating in international sporting events because their country is waging war against Ukraine.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Tuesday that Russian officials have filed complaints against the governing bodies in football, figure skating and speed skating, gymnastics, rowing, rugby and biathlon.

The appeal for figure skating includes Olympic silver medalists Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who took the stage at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for a rally last month in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion.

Russian Olympic officials have also challenged the exclusion of European Olympic Committee teams and athletes from multi-sport youth competitions.

The main legal case in football led to FIFA banning Russian teams from participating in their global competitions, which removed the men’s national team from qualifying for the World Cup last month. Poland qualified for the World Cup last week after saying goodbye to Russia in the semifinals of the playoffs.

Referees are now being selected for a Russian football appeal, CAS said, although “a procedural calendar has not yet been established”.

A special complaint was filed against UEFA’s ban on Russian national and club teams participating in European competitions, and these two cases can be combined.

Although Russian teams and athletes are almost completely banned from accessing international competitions, several Olympic sports have suspended their Russian member federations. Russian officials were able to attend a congress of FIFA member countries last week in Qatar.

The International Olympic Committee also refused to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee or its two members from Russia: Jelena Isinbayeva, the world record holder in pole vault for women, and Shamila Tarpishcheva.

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