No Surprises – The first IOC Appeal against a CAS Award (CAS 2017/A/5379) dismissed by the Swiss Federal Tribunal

This is the first appeal filed by the IOC to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against a CAS Award in the highly publicized Russian Athletes cases from last year. The judgment is far more interesting for its factual background than for its legal findings. The grounds invoked – and swiftly dismissed – were limited to the violation of the IOC’s right to be heard and the so-called “effet de surprise”.