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Russia banned from 2020 Olympics, 2022 Soccer World Cup

by ZwemZa on December 9th, 2019

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Soccer World Cup in Qatar after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory.

“The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesperson James Fitzgerald, speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne.

“WADA’s executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years,” he added.

The ruling means Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as neutrals, but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.

“They are going to have prove they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, (that) they were not involved in the doping schemes as described by the McLaren report, or they did not have their samples affected by the manipulation,” Fitzgerald said.

The independent McLaren report, released in 2016, revealed the significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011-15.

AFP

One Comment
  1. Graham du Toit permalink

    Yet the known cheat from China will be able to compete?

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