Olympics: Russia gets four-year-ban from Olympics games

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Russia will not participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Beijing China , after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) imposed a four-year ban on the country’s Olympics teams.

Wada used Russia’s flag, national anthem and team names at Olympic and other major sports events to declare the ban.

This also means that the country will not be able to take part in major world events including world championships and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

WADA's Executive Committee voted in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday and concluded that officials in a Moscow anti-doping laboratory had tampered with data.

The tampering included planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

The committee also found that system messages were fabricated in an effort to hamper the work of WADA investigators.

However, the ban does not bar clean Russian athletes, but rather allows them to compete at major international sporting events without their flag or anthem.

On the other hand, world football governing body FIFA was categorical, saying that it will engage Wada on their next course of action based on the country’s qualification in the 2020 World cup.

"FIFA has taken note of the decision taken by WADA's Executive Committee today. FIFA is in contact with WADA and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations to clarify the extent of the decision in regards to football."

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency has 21 days to appeal the decision by Wada, which may prompt the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have a ruling on the matter.

 

 

See also: Will Russia National soccer team face inti-dopping ban?

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Articles by Wycliffe Musalia