Sundby’s appeal branded as ‘useless’

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Experienced atheletes’ attorneys told state broadcaster NRK that it’s all but impossible for Norwegian skiing star Martin Johnsrud Sundby to try to get his doping conviction evaluated by the high court in Switzerland. Sundby is so desperate to clear his name, though, that he’s keen to try.

Norwegian media was full of stories earlier this week that Sundby had, not surprisingly, decided to appeal a ruling from the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that held him liable for illegally using an asthma medicine in the 2014-2015 ski season. CAS upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency’s earlier appeal of the International Ski Federation’s Doping Panel that cleared him of doping charges last fall.

Now Sundby wants to take his case to court but an Italian legal expert who has been involved in more than 100 cases at CAS said there are “very small chances” to prevail with an appeal. “If there hasn’t been any procedural error, I would view this as very difficult,” said lawyer Gianpaolo Monteneri. staff