Russia banned from Olympics

Evgenia Medvedeva, Eteri Tutberidze, Alina Zagitova in March 2018 (Photo by Nataliy Zemboska/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) finally made a decision about the case regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was presented last year.

The CAS ruled RUSADA to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) in connection with its failure to procure the delivery of the authentic LIMS data (Laboratory Information Management System) and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory to WADA. As a consequence, multiple orders come into effect from December 17, 2020 for a period of two years – until December 16, 2022.

A ban of any athlete or athlete support personnel from Russia to participate in or attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games (winter or summer) is reintroduced, as well as any world championships organised or sanctioned by a WADA signatory, on the condition that they are not subject to a suspension imposed by a competent authority. Additionally, the uniform worn cannot contain the flag of the Russian Federation and must contain the words “neutral athlete.” The Russian national anthem cannot be played or sung at any official event venue during the two-year period.

The Russian Federation (or any Russian Signatory or Russian national federation) also may not host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or any World Championships organised or sanctioned by any Signatory. For these purposes, a “World Championship” is any event or one or more of a series of events that determines the world champion for a particular sport or discipline in a sport, but does not include qualifying events. Where the right to host any such event in the Two-Year Period has already been awarded to the Russian Federation, the Signatory in question must withdraw that right and re-assign the event to another country, unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so.

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