CAS unable to rule on Pakistan doping cases

Published: Monday, July 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Berne (Switzerland):Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif look set to escape any further doping sanctions after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it was unable to hear their case.

In a statement released on Monday, CAS said it was forced to dismiss an appeal brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) does not recognise the court in its regulations.

Shoaib and Asif were handed two-year and one-year bans in November 2006 by the PCB's Anti-Doping Commission after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone, but the punishment was controversially lifted one month later by the board's Anti-Doping Appeals Committee.

Announcing its decision "with considerable regret", CAS said its rules "require that a direct reference to the CAS be contained in the statutes or regulations of the body whose decision is being appealed."


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