Russian athletes banned from competing under the Russian flag for two years

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Russian athletes were banned from competing under the country’s flag at major international competitions until December 16, 2022. This was announced on Thursday, December 17, in the official decision of the CAS Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Thus, CAS has shortened the terms of WADA sanctions against Russian sports.

The decision was made by the instance in connection with a dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

The Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation said they did not welcome the court’s decision to partially satisfy the claim.

According to the head of the committee, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the position of the Russian side was initially that there were no grounds for any sanctions against RUSADA. He stressed that the court did not fully take into account the argumentation and arguments of the Russian side. In this regard, the committee reserves the right to continue legal proceedings on sanctions against Russian sports, Pozdnyakov added.

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.

The general meeting of RUSADA members adopted the recommendations of the agency’s supervisory board not to agree with the decision of the WADA executive committee. The agency sent a corresponding notification to WADA, which, after receiving a notification from RUSADA, applied to CAS.

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