Doping in sport: why it can’t be stopped | The Economist
WADA recommends to suspend Russia from participation in the Olympics and the World Cup
World Anti-Doping Agency Committee Proposes Limit For Next Four Years
MOSCOW – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Russia should be barred from participating in the Olympics and World Championships over the next four years for manipulating data obtained from a Moscow laboratory.
Recommendations were made by an independent WADA committee and will be presented to the executive committee at a meeting in Paris on December 9.
The 26-page WADA committee report states that the Russian anti-doping agency should be declared non-compliant after an investigation showed that the data transmitted from the Moscow laboratory was neither complete nor completely authentic..
A four-year ban would have prevented Russia from participating in next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The committee’s recommendations provide an opportunity for Russians to participate in sports competitions, as happened at the winter games in Pyeongchang in 2018, when some athletes from Russia competed under the neutral Olympic flag..
Download Adobe Flash Player
WADA may remove Russia from the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup
The code has been copied to your clipboard.
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
The URL has been copied to your clipboard
No media source currently available
The committee also recommends that Russia be banned from hosting or claiming any major sporting events. If Russia received the right to hold it, then it must be withdrawn, according to the recommendations of the committee..
In addition, Russia cannot claim to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games..
During the four-year period, athletes and officials representing Russia, including the president and any member of the executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee, will not be welcomed to any major sporting event..
Travis Tygart, head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, welcomed the sanctions recommendation, saying it “is an acknowledgment of Russia’s egregious behavior towards clean athletes.”.
“Hopefully, the WADA Executive Committee will show the same determination to ensure that clean athletes are not cheated again, and will support this unpleasant but necessary decision,” he added..
WADA Compliance Committee Says More Than 2,000 Samples Provided By Moscow Laboratory Have Been Manipulated.
The scale of the use of doping in Russia first became known in 2015, when Grigory Rodchenkov, who for ten years headed the Russian anti-doping laboratory, fled to the United States..
Russian officials say the four-year ban is unfair and will be destructive, and point to the compliance committee acknowledging that, aside from the allegations of sample manipulation, the Russian authorities were more cooperative..
The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Yuri Ganus told local media that if Russian athletes were removed from the competition, it would be a “tragedy”.
Russia can appeal any sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.