Swiss court dismisses Aussie Rules doping appeal


Lausanne—A Swiss court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by 34 Australian Football League (AFL) players against a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling, which banned them for doping offences.
The past and present players from Melbourne-based club Essendon had filed an appeal with the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) in the hope of overturning a guilty verdict handed down by CAS in January.
The SFT said in a statement they had “decided not to entertain the appeal filed by the players against the CAS award of 11 January 2016 imposing a 2-year ban on each player following an anti-doping rule violation”.
The SFT determined that since the players “did not formally challenge the jurisdiction of CAS during the arbitration procedure” they had lost their right to challenge the Swiss-based CAS jurisdiction in appeal.
The SFT added however that “even if the jurisdiction of CAS had been properly challenged by the players, CAS jurisdiction in this matter would have been confirmed and the appeal would have been dismissed”.
The players were accused of using a prohibited peptide to aid recovery from injury during the 2012 season in a programme led by controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank, who is appealing against a life ban imposed last year over his role in the scandal.—AFP