More IFs partner up with CAS Anti-Doping Division

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has detailed a host of International Federations (IFs) that have elected to delegate their anti-doping operations to a new division of the organisation.

Since the beginning of 2019, the Anti-Doping Division (ADD) has been available to sports organisations to deal with doping cases at first instance. Such first instance procedure had already been successfully used during the Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games, but is now in permanent effect.

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Triathlon Union (ITU) and International Ski Federation (FIS) having already elected to transfer their anti-doping operations to the ADD, CAS has now named a further five IFs. These include World Archery, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), International Luge Federation (FIL), World Rowing and the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF).

The announcement came as the CAS inaugurated the offices of the ADD and laid the foundation stone of the building that will house its future headquarters on the site of Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The current CAS offices will now be spread between two separate sites in Lausanne – the main office at the Château de Béthusy and the new temporary office for the ADD. The two offices will be re-integrated at the Palais de Beaulieu by the end of 2021.

Since its creation in 1984, the CAS has always been a tenant, first near the Olympic Museum, then at the Château de Béthusy, in Lausanne. The International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), which manages the administration and finances of the CAS, sought to become the owner of its premises and set up the CAS in Lausanne on a long-term basis.

The budget for the work relating to the construction of the new CAS headquarters amounts to CHF35m (€32.1m/$35.3m). It will include three courtrooms and a 90-seat auditorium.