Russia’s Ban From All Sporting Events Cut To Two Years

Athletes will not be allowed to compete under the Russian flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics or Beijing 2022 Winter Games (credit: Getty Images)

Russia’s ban from all major sporting events after a doping scandal has been cut to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The ban still prevents Russia from competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, set to be held next year, and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Russia was initially given a four-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

CAS said the reduction of the ban should not be seen “as any validation” of Russia’s conduct.

The ban will now run until December 16, 2022, meaning Russia is also banned from competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.

Russia will be allowed to play at next year’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament because European football’s governing body UEFA is not defined as a “major event organisation” with regards to rulings on anti-doping breaches.

WADA declared Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.

Russia had been told to hand over data to WADA as a condition of its controversial reinstatement in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.

source: BBC

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