The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is an independent institution, created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), that provides for services to facilitate the settlement of sport-related disputes, through arbitration or mediation, by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sport world.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has a right of appeal to CAS for doping cases under the jurisdiction of World Anti-Doping Code signatories (Code).
In addition to its main mediation role, CAS’s Anti-Doping Division (ADD) was created to hear and decide anti-doping cases as a first-instance authority pursuant to a delegation of powers from the IOC, International Federations (IFs) that are part of the Olympic program, and any other Code signatories.
Code signatories that have delegated their results management responsibilities to CAS ADD, gives them the power to decide whether or not there has been a violation of their anti-doping rules, as well as to decide any sanction, if applicable, in accordance with the Code.
CAS ADD and their procedural rules have been created in conjunction with the Code, applicable International Standards and anti-doping rules of the relevant Code signatories.