Cycling - Katusha application turned down by CAS

Katusha's emergency bid for a WorldTour licence has been turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Spanish cyclist Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha

No reasons for the decision were given, with a further hearing to be held at a future date.

The CAS said that it had “rejected a request for provisional measures filed by Katusha Management SA asking for the temporary registration of its professional team in the 2013 UCI ProTour."

“The CAS will now consider the main appeal of Katusha Management SA which requests that the decision of the Licensing Commission of the UCI of 18 December 2012 concerning Katusha be annulled and that Katusha be admitted to the UCI ProTour for the entire 2013 season.

"A hearing will be scheduled shortly in order for a final decision to be issued as quickly as possible.”

The ruling comes two days after the Giro d'Italia denied Katusha an invitation to the 2013 race. Four wildcards were issued but Katusha were ignored for the season's first Grand Tour.

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