Russia Banned From All Major Global Sports Events For Four Years

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Russia Banished From International Sports For Four
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday approved a recommendation by its Compliance Review Committee to ban Russia from international sports - including next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo - for four years. The decision was taken at a meeting of WADA’s Executive Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

"The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted," a spokesperson said. 

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This includes specific bans on Russian sports and government officials and prohibits the country from hosting international events. 

 

The Review Committee's recommendation to ban Russia was based on its finding that Moscow had fudged doping data from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's (RUSADA) lab, which was handed over to WADA investigators in January. Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Sports Minister, has attributed the discrepancies in the data to technical issues.

The penalties come four years after the 2014 Sochi Olympics after which the details of the controversial state-run doping program were made public.

Russia will also not be eligible to host or even bid to host major events during the same time period however Russian athletes who can prove to WADA's satisfaction that they are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

 

Russia now has 21 days to appeal against the decision. If it chooses to do so, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If not, its ambit will stretch to events well beyond the Olympics, including soccer’s World Cup.

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