Vitaly Mutko, the Russian deputy prime minister implicated in the doping scandal, has appealed Olympic ruling of a lifetime ban.
According to the Associated Press report, his appeal is among the 20 others received by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in connection to the doping scandal.
However, the committee will only start deliberations on the appeal by Mutko after the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea which will run from Feb. 9 until the 25th. The appeals by the athletes, however, will take priority and will begin on Jan. 22.
The results of the hearings will be finished by Jan. 31.
The committee said Mutko’s “procedure will conclude after the Winter Olympics as there was no request for an urgent decision.”
The International Olympics Committee banned 43 athletes from Russia after they were implicated in the report of massive institutional doping under the supervision of some governmnet officials. The former sports minister has always denied any hand in the attempt to cheat the rules.
During his time as the sports minister, Mutko reportedly oversaw the institutional doping of more than 1,000 competitive athletes across 30 disciplines between 2008 and 2016.
The author, Samuel Schmid, who opened the curtain on the scandal stood by the veracity of his report, which he claimed were based on the testimony of Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Anti-Doping Center of Russia, as well as scientific proofs and statements of witnesses.
“The facts are that in Russia there was systemic manipulation of doping and the anti-doping system … that also took place at Sochi 2014 (Winter Olympics),” he said.
Mutko was also the president of the Russian Football Union and although he already stepped down from that position, he said that he will continue to help the country to prepare its national team for the World Cup.