An undated handout photo shows the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. Floyd Landis's
decision last week to appeal against the stripping of his 2006 Tour de France title means the American joins a long list of athletes whose fates have been determined by the powerful but discreet Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Housed in a set-back mansion in an unassuming residential suburb in the Swiss city of Lausanne, CAS rarely attracts notice from the outside world. But within its thick walls - which once protected military secrets during the building's previous occupation by the Swiss army - decisions have been taken that have instantly stripped away Olympic gold medals, nullified contracts or ended sporting careers.
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