Brittany Griner's appeal rejected by Russian court

Let us tell you that a Russian court has rejected the appeal of American basketball player Brittany Griner,

In which he appealed against the nine-year prison sentence for possession and smuggling of drugs.

Let us tell you that he has won gold medals in the Olympics twice.

He was arrested on February 17 at Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.

Let us tell you that vape cartridges containing cannabis oil are banned in Russia.

Let us tell you that on 4 August he was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony.

Now that his appeal has failed,

In such a situation, Griner could be taken to one of Russia's far-flung prison colonies within weeks.

Griner's legal team, however, said it was "not expecting any miracles" from the appeals process.