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Sports Court Sets Up Fast-Track Procedure For Russian Appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it has set up a fast-track procedure to hear Russia’s appeal against the Olympic ban on its track-and-field athletes imposed over doping.

The ruling is expected on July 21, the CAS said in a statement on July 4.

The Russian Olympic Committee along with 68 Russian athletes have turned to the Swiss-based sports court – as a last resort – in an attempt to overturn the ban handed over by track and field's world governing body, the IAAF.

The CAS statement said that "the parties have agreed to an expedited procedure, which should conclude on 21 July 2016 with the issuance of the final decision."

The IAAF suspended Russia in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency report detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field.

The ban -- that would apply to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro -- was upheld by the IAAF in a vote last month.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa