After the scandal over state-sponsored doping, the Russian Olympic Committee is now heavily sanctioned: the largest state in the world will not be allowed to participate in the next two Olympiads by area.

Russia will be banned from the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The international sports court Cas halved the four-year ban imposed by the world anti-doping agency Wada on Thursday in its judgment on the appeal procedure. However, as the penalty does not come into effect until the verdict is handed down, no Russian team will be allowed to participate in the next two Olympic Games and probably not the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

During this period, unaffected athletes in the country can compete as neutral athletes at major events. To do this, they must meet certain anti-doping conditions. The Russian national anthem may not be played or sung, the Russian flag may not be worn or hoisted on team clothing.

Manipulated doping data led to the Olympic ban

The trigger for the ban was that Russia allegedly manipulated and falsified doping data requested from the Moscow laboratory from 2012 to 2015 before it was handed over to the Wada. They contain evidence of the sports fraud committed by numerous Russian athletes, which was systematically led, covered and covered with the help of the state.

On December 19, 2019, the Wada Executive Committee formally stated that Russia’s anti-doping agency Rusada had not complied with the World Anti-Doping Code for four years. The transfer of the data was a precondition for the recovery of the Rusada in September 2018. The World Agency first suspended the Rusada in November 2015 after the doping scandal was discovered.

Russia can still appeal

In the course of the Cas judgment, Russia will no longer be allowed to participate in major sporting events such as world championships for the next two years. Major sporting events attributed to Russia for this period must go to another host.

The Cas judgment can be appealed to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. The chances of success at the highest court in the country are small, as it only intervenes in case of procedural errors and human rights violations and does not judge the legal interpretation of the Cas.

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