Russia to Miss Tokyo Olympics After Doping Ban Halved

Sport’s highest court on Thursday banned Russia from international sports competitions for two years including the Tokyo Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling halved a four-year ban for systematic doping imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Under the landmark decision which also excludes the country from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, Russians will still be allowed to compete but only as neutrals.

The CAS verdict followed a four-day arbitration hearing between WADA and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a secret location last month.

The showdown, in front of three CAS judges took place following WADA’s decision last year to declare RUSADA non-compliant after the Russian body was accused of manipulating drug testing data.

(c) The Moscow Times

5 comments

  • “The CAS verdict followed a four-day arbitration hearing between WADA and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a secret location last month.”

    Yes it would need to be secret, to stop the world seeing the rubles being handed over. An absolute disgrace, and a kick in the teeth to clean sportsmen everywhere.

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  • and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar. hahahahaha!

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  • Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency slammed what he called a “devastating” decision by CAS.
    He said in a statement: “At this stage in this sordid Russian state-sponsored doping affair, now spanning close to a decade, there is no consolation in this weak, watered-down outcome.
    “To once again escape a meaningful consequence proportional to the crimes, much less a real ban, is a catastrophic blow to clean athletes, the integrity of sport, and the rule of law.”

    You can’t argue with that statement. This CAS needs investigating now, seems it is as corrupt as FIFA.

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  • “Please China join Russia by staying away from any events, let’s the mediocres compete among themselves.”

    This must be the comment of the year from a RTroll. What part of this sentence, does the retard not understand? “Under the landmark decision which also excludes the country from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, Russians will still be allowed to compete but only as neutrals.”

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  • I consider the CAS a part of the extremely corrupt international sports organizations like FIFA and the IOC et al. I do not watch any sports events because of the graft. The decision above is only a confirmation of this swamp.

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