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World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from major sporting events for 4 years for doping breaches

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MON, DEC 09 2019-theG&BJournal- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has handed down a four-year ban to Russia from all major sporting events, seen as the biggest ever sanction against a nation for ‘’non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.’’

WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) met today, Monday, 9 December in Lausanne, Switzerland to hand down the ‘’brutal punishment’’ after it found “an extremely serious case of non-compliance with the requirement to provide an authentic copy of the Moscow laboratory data to investigators in January 2019, with several aggravating features” and following recommendation to WADA’s ExCo that WADA send a formal notice to Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA), asserting non-compliance with the requirement to provide an authentic copy of the Moscow data, and proposing a series of consequences and conditions of reinstatement.

The punishment means that Russia will not participate in events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

RUSADA will have 21 days to accept the notice, in other words appeal the verdict and if it does, the appeal will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (ISCCS Art. 10.4.1).

Under the ISCCS, ”If the Signatory wishes to dispute the asserted non-compliance and/or the proposed Signatory Consequences and/or the proposed Reinstatement conditions, then (in accordance with Article 23.5.6 of the Code) it must notify WADA in writing within twenty-one days of its receipt of the notice from WADA. WADA shall then file a formal notice of dispute with CAS, and the dispute will be resolved by the CAS Ordinary Arbitration Division.”

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said the decision showed its “determination to act resolutely in the face of the Russian doping crisis”.

He added: “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of Rusada’s reinstatement conditions demanded a robust response.

“That is exactly what has been delivered.

 

“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.”

But Wada vice-president Linda Helleland said the ban was “not enough”.

“I wanted sanctions that cannot be watered down,” she said. “We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible.”

A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned following the 2014 Games, which it hosted in Sochi. Russian athletes won 33 medals in Sochi, 13 of which were gold.

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