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Sports Court Overrules Cycling Body to Allow Katusha to Race

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Katusha, whose rider Joaqium Rodriguez finished second in last year’s Giro d’Italia, will be able to compete in the Tour de France and other top races after sport’s highest court overruled a decision by cycling’s governing body.

The Russian team’s appeal of a decision by the International Cycling Union, or UCI, was overruled by a three-person panel from the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the team will be given a license for the elite 2013 season, the court said today in an e-mailed statement.

UCI refused the team an elite license in December after a probe by an auditor, giving it a second-tier license that would have limited Katusha to lower-profile races. A CAS hearing was held Feb. 8, and the panel decided to overturn the UCI position. It didn’t immediately release its reasoning.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alex Duff at aduff4@bloomberg.net

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