Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth Affairs Valery Gazzaev

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MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS./ Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth Affairs, honored coach of Russia Valery Gazzaev (“Fair Russia”) believes that the athletes unfairly excluded from participation in the Olympic games in 2018, can sue the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.

The MP reminded that “the 61st article of the Olympic Charter States that, in the case of non-admission to the Olympic games, for unknown reasons, pure athletes, federations, Olympic committees and athletes have the right to sue the head of the IOC” .

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“Now it is Thomas Bach. And also [to sue] and the head of the disciplinary Commission of the IOC Denis Oswald, who made the decision on lifelong disqualification of our sportsmen without any reason that confirmed in your decision of Sports arbitration court, which exonerated our athletes”, – said the Deputy.

In addition, Gazzaev believes that “it is necessary to promote the development of sports law and sports arbitration at the international level, but also inside the country”.

“Given the monopoly position of international sports organizations, it is necessary to create system of “checks and balances”, in which all of these organizations take decisions, including on the admission or non-admission of athletes who would be subject to valid judicial control by the court of arbitration for Sport”, – he stressed.

The defender also expressed hope that “common sense will prevail” and in the dialogue process will develop a common position on the return of the Olympic movement “of the original authority and purity”. “Although it will not be easy”, he concluded.