The Russian Olympic Committee hopes to avoid sanctions on all Russian sports

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The head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov expressed the hope that it would be possible to avoid sanctions on all Russian sports in the case between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). He announced this on Friday, November 27.

The RIA Novosti journalist asked Pozdnyakov about expectations regarding restrictive measures: “Is it true that the Russian Olympic Committee expects to avoid sanctions on all Russian sports?”

“Yes, that’s right,” the head of the ROC replied.

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, the Russian Olympic Committee supported RUSADA’s decision.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, after receiving notification from RUSADA, contacted CAS. The hearings were held on November 2-5 in Lausanne. CAS announced that it plans to notify the parties of its decision by the end of 2020.

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