CAS hears Katusha license appeal, will rule next week

High sporting court will rule on Russian squad's licensing case next week

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday heard the appeal filed by the Russian cycling team Katusha, which is challenging its exclusion from the WorldTour and plans to make its decision next week, according to a statement from the court.

In December, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Licensing Commission denied the Russian team a place in the WorldTour for “ethical reasons.” The decision relegated the squad to Professional Continental status, meaning the team, which includes 2012 WorldTour champion Joaquim Rodríguez and former two-time grand tour winner Denis Menchov, depends on the goodwill of organizers to participate in the most important races in the calendar.

In early January, the CAS rejected the request of the team to be temporarily registered in the WorldTour until the court judges the case on its merits.