February 13, 2018, 20:00
Secretary General of the Sports Arbitration Court Mathieu Ribe commented on the president’s statement IOC Thomas Bach on the need to reform the CAS. “We heard that the chairman of the IOC The question of reforming the Sports Arbitration Court was raised. The committee reacted in this way after the decision on the first case became known – he expressed his disappointment. CAS Chairman John Coates responded during the meeting IOC , that there is always an opportunity for reforms, but it is worth waiting for more information in the investigation of 39 Russian athletes, because at the moment we have only solutions without justifications. We always carry out reforms when it is required, when, in our opinion, the procedure should be speeded up or simplified – for us it is not a problem. But we did not feel pressure, because we have a separate independent arbitration commission, which includes people who do not work in the Sports Arbitration Court. They do not depend on anyone, and nobody interferes in their activities. Disappointment can be understood – no one will be disappointed by the loss. The IOC probably believed that we would only confirm the decision of the disciplinary commission. The Sports Arbitration Court not for the first time cancels the decisions of the IOC, including in relation to the Olympic Games. This is not an excuse to restructure the whole system of functioning of the court, but one can analyze the work in the hearings on the first case in Geneva for any violations. This does not prevent us from continuing to work in the usual mode, “Riba quotes RT as saying in Russian.