RUSSIA PLANS TO FILE APPEAL AGAINST OLYMPIC BAN

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Russia has signalled it will file an appeal against its four-year Olympic ban due to World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions which President Vladimir Putin today branded “unfair.”

The Russian anti-doping agency’s supervisory board voted today to file an arbitration case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS in Switzerland.

WADA last week ruled Russia had manipulated doping laboratory data to cover up past offenses.

Putin said it was not fair to threaten Russia with more doping-related punishment, and that any sanctions should be on an individual basis.

The case will likely be referred to CAS within the next 10-15 days.