Russia has been barred from participating in international sporting events for a period of four years, which includes the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) hit the hammer after finding out that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had manipulated doping tests of their athletes.
The recent ban comes after a three-year ban imposed on Russia by the International Olympic Committee after it was found guilty of state-sponsored doping practices. As part of the ban, Russia was to provide laboratory data on doping tests found by manipulation of WADA.
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said in an official announcement“For too long, Russian doping has degraded pure sport. The Russian authorities’ blatant violation of RUSADA’s reintroduction conditions, approved by ExCo in September 2018, required a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today. ”
WADA’s Executive Committee unanimously approves a four – year period of non – compliance with the Russian Anti – Doping Agency:https://t.co/K8QjAz7u4R
– WADA (@wada_ama) December 9, 2019
Under the four-year ban, Russian officials will not be part of any organizations or participate in the events of the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, world championships and other events organized by a ‘major event organization’.
Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean and show that they are not involved in manipulation or doping practices can participate in the major events, including the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. The ruling comes in an attempt to protect the rights of Russian athletes, who were not involved in false actions.
In addition, the Russian flag and anthem will also be allowed at all major events. The athletes who show up are not allowed to represent the Russian Federation, but compete under a neutral flag just like the 168 Russian athletes who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang under the previous ban.
Russia also cannot bid to host or host major events recognized by WADA during the Prohibition era, including the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, regardless of when the bid takes place. According to The Guardian, as UEFA is not recognized as a major event organization, Russia could host the European Football Championship, while FIFA discusses the terms of the 2022 Qatar World Cup ban with WADA.
But RUSADA can challenge the ban and the case will then be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.