Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia will draw the right conclusions after the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“The most important thing in this decision is that there is no collective responsibility, and pure athletes, unlike the previous Winter Olympic Games, will no longer have to apply for some kind of special invitation from the International Olympic Committee,” he said in an interview with Match TV. published on Saturday, December 26th.
At the same time, Lavrov emphasized that he is opposed to doping, since, among other things, it destroys the health of the athlete.
CAS on December 17, 2020 decided that Russian athletes will not be able to compete under the country’s flag at major international competitions until December 16, 2022.
This decision was made by the authority in connection with a dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
Thus, CAS has shortened the terms of WADA sanctions against Russian sports.
In December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recognized RUSADA as not complying with the anti-doping code and suspended Russia for four years from all major competitions, including the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Now, according to the decision of the CAS, Russia is prohibited from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as world championships, for only two years.
The Federation Council considered this decision politicized and punishing the entire country.
At the same time, Valery Gazzaev, head of the State Duma Committee on Nationalities Affairs, noted that the CAS decision was dictated by the desire to eliminate Russia as the main competitor in the world championships.