Russia banned from all global sport events for four years

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Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), BBC reported today.

However, BBC said the athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.

Wada's executive committee made the unanimous decision in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

It comes after Russia's Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.

It had to hand over data to Wada as a condition of its controversial reinstatement in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.

Wada says Rusada has 21 days to appeal against the ban. If it does so, the appeal will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said the decision showed its "determination to act resolutely in the face of the Russian doping crisis".

He added: "For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of Rusada's reinstatement conditions demanded a robust response. 

"That is exactly what has been delivered."

"Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial."

But Wada vice-president Linda Helleland said the ban was "not enough".

"I wanted sanctions that can not be watered down," she said. "We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible."

A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned following the 2014 Games, which it hosted in Sochi. Russian athletes won 33 medals in Sochi, 13 of which were gold.

  Comments - 3

  • Athlete Tuesday, 10 December 2019 08:52 AM

    That's too light a sentence for those cheaters..

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 10 December 2019 09:10 AM

    Are the Russian sport personnel the only people who takes illicit drugs, I doubt it very much. Well other people are not caught and they are let off scot free.

    kumar Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:17 PM

    I think you shouldn't comment on the field that you didn't know.


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