4 Year Ban for Russia

4 Year Ban for Russia

Russia has been banned from participating in global sporting events including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, after being accused by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), for falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. The body's executive committeee met in Lausanne, Switzerland, and said the decision was unanimous. Russia has been banned for a time period of 4 years.

Russian athletes will still be allowed to participate and compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as neutrals; provided they can demonstrate that they are not a part of the state-sponsored system of doping.

The athletes have to prove that they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, that they were not involved in the doping schemes as described in the McLaren report, or did not have their samples affected by manipulation. The report had revealed a significant amount of state-sponsored doping that took place in Russia, notably between 2011 to 2015.

The WADA executive committee came to the concusion after it was confirmed that Moscow had indeed tampered with data from the laboratory, by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping test results, that could help identify the drug cheats. 

Some Russian officials called the decision unfair and an attempt by the West to hold back Russia, while Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attributed the laboratory discrepancies to technical issues. If Russia appeals against the sanctions, the case would then be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, WADA stated.

Russia has been banned from participating in global sporting events including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, after being accused by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), for falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. The body's executive committeee met in Lausanne, Switzerland, and said the decision was unanimous. Russia has been banned for a time period of 4 years.

Russian athletes will still be allowed to participate and compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as neutrals; provided they can demonstrate that they are not a part of the state-sponsored system of doping.

The athletes have to prove that they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, that they were not involved in the doping schemes as described in the McLaren report, or did not have their samples affected by manipulation. The report had revealed a significant amount of state-sponsored doping that took place in Russia, notably between 2011 to 2015.

The WADA executive committee came to the concusion after it was confirmed that Moscow had indeed tampered with data from the laboratory, by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping test results, that could help identify the drug cheats. 

Some Russian officials called the decision unfair and an attempt by the West to hold back Russia, while Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attributed the laboratory discrepancies to technical issues. If Russia appeals against the sanctions, the case would then be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, WADA stated.