UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Russian flag and anthem will be absent from the Olympics for four years. On Monday, a decision was issued to arrest Russia from participating in international competitions, including the Olympic Games, for a period of four years, against the backdrop of the scandal of systematic activism sponsored by the Russian state and the manipulation of doping test data. But Russian athletes who have proven “clean” of steroids will be able to participate in sports competitions under a neutral banner.
The Executive Committee of the International Anti-Doping Agency, “Wada”, decided on Monday to stop Russia for four years from participating in international sports competitions, including the Olympic Games, against the backdrop of manipulating doping test data, according to a spokesman for the agency.
The spokesman announced on the sidelines of the meeting in the Swiss city of Lausanne that “the full list of recommendations was approved unanimously,” in reference to a recommendation from the Wada Compliance Review Committee, in which it called for Russia to stop four years from participating in international sporting activities, including Includes the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The move marks the latest chapter in the scandal of systematic activism sponsored by the Russian state, which has rocked global sport for nearly four years.
The Executive Committee unanimously approved its 12 members, the recommendation, not to raise the Russian flag and play the national anthem during the Olympic and international sports competitions, while opening the way for the possibility of the participation of Russian athletes who proved their “cleanliness” of doping, under a neutral banner.
The spokesman explained that the new decision “means that Russian athletes wishing to participate in the Olympic or Paralympic Games or major events mentioned in these recommendations will have to prove that they are not related in any way to non-compliance, that is, that they have no relationship with the activation programs as stated in the report ( Canadian investigator Richard) McLaren, and their samples have not been tampered with.
The agency’s decision will be appealable within 21 days before the Sports Arbitration Court (“Cass”), located in Lausanne, through the Russian Anti-Doping Agency “Rosada” or the Russian Olympic Committee, or an international consortium that sees itself concerned with the move.
The recommendations to the Executive Committee, which were fully approved, included denying Russia the participation in important sporting events such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020, the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022, and the Paralympic Games. It will also prevent Russian government officials from attending any major events, and the country will lose the right to host sports tournaments or even submit a hosting request.
However, hosting the Russian city of Saint Petersburg for matches in the 2020 European Football Cup, and Sochi, the Grand Prix of the Formula One World Championship, will not be covered by these sanctions.
The full disclosure of Moscow laboratory data was a key condition for Russia to be returned to the international community by Wada in September 2018. However, Wada believed that this data was subject to fraud and fraud.
And a ban was imposed on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency “Rosada” nearly three years ago after unveiling the chapters of a program of systematic activism in which various organs of the Russian state were involved between 2011 and 2014.
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