Mutko wins Cas appeal against IOC ban from Olympics
Vitaly Mutko, the deputy prime minister of Russia, is free to return to the Olympic Movement after winning his appeal against a ban handed down by the International Olympic Committee over 18 months ago.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled today that the IOC's sanctioning of Mutko, accusing him of running the high-profile Russian state-backed doping programme, did not have a "legal basis."
Cas added its ruling did not affect any "future decision" by the IOC regarding Mutko when it came to "any specific edition of the Olympic Games."
The IOC said in a statement: "The IOC takes note of the decision of Cas, which relates exclusively to the formal question of the sanctioning power of the IOC for people outside of the Olympic movement.
"At the same time, the decision makes it clear that the IOC retains the right of taking any decision in reference to any specific edition of the Olympic Games."
The doping scandal prompted the IOC to ban Russia from sending a team to the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympic Games although some competitors from the country took part as 'Olympic Athletes from Russia'.
Following his Olympics ban, Mutko quit as president of the Russian Football Union and head of the organising committee of the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
Mutko, the former sports minister in Russia, has repeatedly denied allegations of state-sponsored doping in the country.