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CAS clears Russia’s Kudashev, Andrusenko to compete at Games

LAUSANNE: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed claims against Russian swimmers Alexander Kudashev and Veronica Andrusenko on Monday after they were suspended on suspicion of anti-doping rule violations by allowing them to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

World swimming governing body FINA suspended the pair last week based on evidence provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a result of examination of materials recovered from the former Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.

After an expedited hearing on the eve of 23 July-Aug. 8 Games, CAS said in a statement that it dismissed FINA’s allegations.

The Supreme Court of Sports added that FINA did not establish during the proceedings that doping violations had taken place.

Kudashev, 25, is the gold medalist in the men’s 200m butterfly at the 2019 World University Games and is preparing for his first Olympic Games. Andrusenko, 30, competed at the 2012 and 2016 Games.

Russian athletes are going to perform in Tokyo without their flag and anthem due to doping sanctions. -RATER

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