Reeling from doping ban, Moscow blames 'anti-Russian hysteria'

WADA's Executive Committee voted with the CRC recommendations

As a result of a similar ban for the 2018 Piongyang Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic committee allowed its athletes to participate by adopting the name Russian Olympic Athletes without mention of the flag or their country of origin.

Four days before the track world championships took place in Doha back in September, Wada declared it found signs that lab data handed over by Russian Federation in January had been tampered with, and shortly after the four-year ban was put in place.

If RUSADA appeals the sanctions endorsed by WADA's executive committee, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), WADA has said. "Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited".

The biggest beneficiaries of Russia's ban at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games ought to be the United States, China and Japan, who should annex 10 of the banned nation's projected gold medals between them, according to data analysts Gracenote.

Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the WADA Executive Committee, also ruled on Monday that Russian state officials as well as the officials of the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee are to be banned from attending all major global sports tournaments for the four-year period.

"But this is as far as we could go", said Linda Helleland, a Norwegian lawmaker who serves on WADA executive committee and has long pushed for a tougher line against Russian Federation.

"We have a president and we are waiting for decisive changes from him", Ganus said.

It led to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) being suspended for almost three years previously over revelations of a vast state-supported doping programme. Some have accused other countries of pursuing the ban to remove Russian athletes from competition.

"This is the continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria that has already become chronic", Medvedev was quoted as saying.

The Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov last month attributed the discrepancies to technical issues at their lab but refused to elaborate on the matter. "I would expect now a full admission from the Russians and for them to apologise [for] all the pain athletes and sports fans have experienced". "How can you mock athletes who have been preparing all their lives for this?" said Aslanbek Khushtov, who won wrestling gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"Unfortunately this is politics, I don't smell any sport here", he told state news agency TASS.

A similar measure could be taken with the Russian national football team to allow the players to compete at the World Cup should they qualify.

Pozdnyakov reiterated his claim that the ROC would do everything in its power to ensure the Russian team competes under its own flag and have the national anthem played if athletes from the country win medals at Tokyo 2020. Although if they win, they would be unable to raise their country's flag. But the circumstances may be different. It's important to understand that ordinary Russian people want to be proud of fair champions.



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