WADA bans Russian Federation from global sporting events for four years

Russia have been banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The decision was a huge blow to the pride of a nation that has traditionally been a powerhouse in many sports but whose reputation has been tarnished by a series of doping scandals.

After the development, the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at any major sporting event. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA's reinstatement conditions, approved by the ExCo in September 2018, demanded a robust response.

The ban affects next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2022 World Cup.

It was not clear how that might work in practice.

Legal fallout from the WADA ruling seems sure to dominate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 24.

WADA's executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russian Federation the "robust" four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.

About one third of the 145 athletes are still active, WADA chief of investigators Gunter Younger said Monday.

Telegraph Sport understands Wada privately suspects the data manipulation was carried out by figures with links to the Kremlin rather than the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada), which has been reformed since the mass doping was exposed in 2014.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics, 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag.


The ban, on athletes taking part in events and the country hosting contests, applies to all bodies that WADA considers to be a Major Event Organisation.

One of the conditions for the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which was suspended in 2015 in the wake of the athletics doping scandal but reinstated a year ago, had been that Moscow provide an authentic copy of the laboratory data.

The sanctions on RUSADA effectively strip the agency of its accreditation.

The findings led to sanctions, including no Russian team being present at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, with certain eligible athletes being forced to compete under a neutral flag.

"There is a whole generation of clean athletes who have painfully abandoned their dreams and lost awards because of Russian cheaters".

"The decision is created to punish the guilty parties.it stands strong against those who cheated the system".

A statement from the organisers given to Motorsport.com said: "The contract for the Russian round of the Formula 1 World Championship was signed back in 2010, long before the circumstances being investigated by WADA".

The advocate group Global Athlete has gone further saying "WADA has robbed athletes worldwide of their right to clean sport due to their inability to enforce the strongest possible sanction on Russia".

"The FIVB will not comment on the RUSADA compliance situation until the full legal process, including all appeals, has concluded", the FIVB-the worldwide volleyball federation-told Newsweek in an emailed statement.

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