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First, this ISU communication from August 23rd says that Plushenko did not file any appeal against the decision to declare him ineligible for ISU competition, so "members are obliged to take note". Plushenko and coach Alexei Mishin have done recent interviews where they both talk competing in the 2014 Sochi Games, even expressing this after the ISU banning.
So now we flash forward to October 2nd. The Japan Open is the only pro-am competition left on the skating schedule, and Plushenko is entered as part of team Europe (along with Laura Lepisto, Sarah Meier, and Michal Brezina). If the ISU is saying that he is no longer an amateur, he would be entering this competition as a professional. Competing here means there is absolutely no way he will end up in Sochi, courts or not (unless for some weird reason the ISU allows reinstatements as they did in 1994 and 1996-- not likely).
If Plushenko and his camp truly are set on Sochi and he believes he can keep up for another 3+ years, don't be surprised to see him withdraw from the Japan Open in the coming weeks.