Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

WADA ban Russian Federation from all global sport for next FOUR years

WADA ban Russian Federation from all global sport for next FOUR years

WADA has banned Russian Federation from the Olympics and world championships for four years over doping.

Officials from the country have 21 days to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if unsuccessful then they face missing the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well as the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Their executive committee concluded Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify cheats.

The final decision will rest with WADA's executive committee when it gathers in Paris on December 9.

It comes after Russia's Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.

Russian Federation has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.

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But WADA's Compliance Review Committee on November 25 accused Russian Federation of falsifying some of the data provided by a Moscow laboratory in January, and proposed imposing a four-year ban on RUSADA and excluding the country from major sporting competitions.

Russian Federation have been slapped with a four-year ban from taking part in major sporting competitions after further evidence of tampering with doping data was found.

Nine members of the 17-strong group, including chair Beckie Scott, and British former Paralympian Vicki Aggar, said such a step was "the only meaningful sanction".

However, Russian athletes who can prove to WADA's satisfaction that they are clean and were not part of what it believes was a state-sponsored system of doping will still be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

"There are those who want to put Russian Federation in a defensive position accused of pretty much everything in every sphere of global life - conflicts, economics, energy, gas pipelines, arms sales", Lavrov has said.

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