Doping scandal: WADA blocks Russia for four years

Monday, 09.12.2019
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In the scandal involving manipulated data from the Moscow control laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has imposed a four-year ban on Russia. Among other things, Russia as a nation must not participate in the two upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. Russia has 21 days to file an appeal. Then the International Court of Justice Cas would make a decision.


The sanctions against Russia include a whole catalog of punishments. Thus, the Russian anti-doping agency Rusada is again excluded from the Wada. Russian athletes may participate in major sporting events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games or World Championships under certain conditions as "neutral athletes". Russia is not allowed to host these competitions or to apply for them.

  The background is the dispute over manipulated data from the Moscow control laboratory. The delivery to the Wada was in September 2018 a prerequisite for the resumption of the Rusada. The data set is intended to prove the extent of the doping scandal and to allow individual procedures against athletes.

  According to the report of the inspection commission, thousands of data were deleted or manipulated. Recently there was talk that so at least 145 athletes should be protected.

Already at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018 Russia was not allowed to make their own team. In the end, 168 athletes competed as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".


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