Russian Federation to appeal against ruling that triggered four-year sport bans

Sunday, 22 Dec, 2019

The suspension came after WADA found that data it had received from RUSADA earlier this year as part of its compliance reinstatement process had been tampered with.

If upheld, the ruling would prevent the country from competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though the door has been left open for clean Russian athletes to compete as neutrals without country affiliation.

WADA slapped Russian Federation with the penalty on december 9, saying individual athletes cleared of doping would be able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, as was the case at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

On 9 December, WADA unanimously voted to ban Russian Federation from participating in and hosting any major sporting events as punishment for what it said were serious manipulations and deletions of data in athlete test results under WADA investigation.

The decision will also affect Avtaneev after the ban ends, with the snowboarder unlikely to be able to compete as a neutral following the WADA Executive Committee's decision to ban Russian Federation from global events for four years.

The committee also added that WADA had claimed on manipulations of data in the laboratory in 20118-2019, while everyone had access to it due to the anti-doping centre's permanent operation.

In its decision 10 days ago, WADA gave Russian officials 21 days to appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Putin also said he was confident one global sporting event coming to Russian Federation in 2022 would go ahead as planned.

Other sanctions include that Russian athletes and their support personnel may only participate in major events staged where they are able to demonstrate that they are not implicated in any way by the non-compliance of Rusada.

Alexandr Ivlev, head of the Rusada supervisory board, told local press: "We have made the decision not to accept the decision".

"While in- and out-of-competition testing remains critical to detect doping, events have recently shown that investigative work is becoming even more important as we look to protect clean athletes' rights worldwide", Wada's director general Olivier Niggli said in a statement.

The program was revealed when whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov, who formerly headed the Moscow lab and was one of the architects of Russia's elaborate doping and cheating system dating back to 2014, provided a copy of his lab's database.