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Tokyo Olympics 2020 : WADA imposes a 4 year ban on Russia over doping


NP1550 09/12/2019 17:26:28
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Laussane, Switzerland. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has prohibited Russia for 4 years from all the international sports after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti doping laboratory. WADA levied the 4 year ban on the Russian sportsmen and women, after its executive committee met in Lausanne on Monday. The ban means that Russia's anthem and flag will not be permitted at events like Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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However, the athletes who can prove that they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag. In a similar scenario, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, 168 Russians took part in 15 sports. "The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted," mentioned a WADA spokesperson. While Russia has often represented itself as a sports powerhouse, it has been embroiled in controversy since 2015- when a report commissioned by WADA found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics. 

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Since the WADA reports which became a huge topic of discussion in 2015, Russia has found itself only embroiled in more incidents related to doping, with many of its athletes sidelined from the past 2 Olympics and the country stripped of its flag altogether at last year's Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for state-sponsored doping cover-ups at the 2014 Sochi Games. The independent McLaren report, released in 2016, revealed the significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011-15.


 

 

 

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