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The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has claimed no further payments will be made to Belarus after the country demanded up to $500,000 (£388,000/€447,000) in compensation following a decision to ban some of its competitors from last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Belarus were banned by the ICF for a year in July due to doping allegations, but in January this was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

It was ruled that there was "insufficient evidence" surrounding several of the allegations made against the Belarus team.

The verdict came too late for athletes, who missed Rio 2016.

Only female paddlers from Belarus were allowed to compete at the Games following the alleged doping offences.

According to the country's official Government news agency BelTA, the Belarus National Olympic Committee (NOC Belarus) are now seeking damages for the prize money they could have earned at Rio 2016, as well as the cost of training the team over four years.

This sum is estimated between $400,000 and $500,000, the news agency said, with the governing body now awaiting reply from the ICF after sending a letter of complaint.

"This week we have addressed the International Canoe Federation with a request for the compensation of all expenses and moral damages," NOC Belarus secretary general Anatoly Kotov told BelTA.

Belarus could reportedly return to CAS if they are not successful in their bid for compensation.

However, the ICF told insidethegames that they had already been asked to pay €8,000 (£7,000/$9,000) by CAS following their verdict, and that there could not be any further payments.

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"The International Canoe Federation is proud of its anti-doping policies and the sport is doing its utmost to ensure doping is not part of the athletes' activities," a statement said.

"The ICF believes it was well within its rights to suspend Belarus after many doping infractions were detected at a training camp prior to the Rio Olympics.

"Feedback has been consistently supportive of the ICF stance by fellow athletes, national federations and supporters of canoeing.

"Whilst we are obviously disappointed with the decision of CAS to overturn the decision, the ICF respects the finding.

"In the CAS conclusions the ICF was requested to pay €8,000 to the National Federation, and this is underway.

"Under ICF rules, no further recourse is permitted on this case and no further payments can or will be made.

"The ICF will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our wonderfully exciting sport is not tainted with doping issues and those who feel the need to cheat to win are not welcome at canoeing events."

The Belarus saga began in July when their training camp in Le Temple-sur-Lot in France was raided by police.

Various substances, medication and materials were reportedly confiscated and members of the squad were drug-tested.

In their ruling, CAS said there was "no justification" for the one-year ban.

An attempt by Belarus for a temporary stay of execution on the suspension was rejected by CAS on July 18.

This was due to the appeal not addressing "criteria in CAS rules" and led to the Olympic absence of the male athletes the following month.

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