October 25, 2012
Swim coach Cecil Russell's ban reduced
By QMI Agency
Canadian swimming coach Cecil Russell had his lifetime ban reduced to three years Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.
Russell was originally banned for life in 1997 for a doping-related infraction and was twice unsuccessful in applying for reinstatement.
In April he applied to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada to have the ban reduced. A full hearing in front of an intependant arbitrator, Richard McLaren, was held in September.
"While the CCES proposed a longer sanction, we respect the experience and careful analysis brought to this matter by Arbitrator McLaren," CCES president Paul Melia said. "The decision explores whether or not Mr. Russell complied with his existing ban, but it also cites the current anti-doping rules and how they serve to limit the sanction going forward."
Russell's three-year ban started Sept. 10 but could be reduced by half if certain conditions are met.