Russia faces ban on 2020 Olympics and UEFA European Championship for inconsistent anti-doping data
- Russia's anti-doping agency is expected to be declared non-compliant.
- WADA Executive Committee to Meet to Analyze Anomalies in Lab Results
- The data in question refer to a period from January 2012 to August 2015.
Russia could be set for a new ban on major international sporting events, such as next summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, due to alleged inconsistencies in anti-doping data.
The World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee will meet on December 9 to consider a formal recommendation from its Independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC), which should request that the national anti-doping agency of the RUSADA country be declared non-compliant during anomalies in the US. laboratory results.
The data in question refer to a period from January 2012 to August 2015 and were obtained by WADA in January this year, pursuant to RUSADA's reintegration into compliance in September 2018.
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Positive conclusions contained in a version of data acquired through a whistleblower in 2017 were missing from the January 2019 data.
If the ExCo agrees with the recommendations of the CDC – and in the probable event that Russia disputes the sanctions – the case would go to the Sport Arbitration Tribunal.
If CAS finds Russia to be noncompliant and agrees to the recommended sanctions, it could face an almost general ban on events such as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to the Euro 2020 football tournament Russia has qualified for.
Russia also faces the deprivation of existing hosting rights for sporting events and a ban on securing new ones, with St. Petersburg's role as one of 12 Euro 2020 host cities now at risk.
WADA's intelligence and investigations (I&I) department was studying the Russian sports ministry's responses to inconsistencies in the data. They set a three-week deadline to provide responses in September, which ended on October 8. The fact that a recommendation is made to ExCo indicates that the explanations provided were not considered satisfactory.
It is still unclear precisely what sanctions the CRC will recommend, but according to the International Signatory Code Compliance Standard adopted in April 2018, it could include tougher sanctions than Russia previously faced.
A statement issued by WADA on Monday afternoon said: & # 39; The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirms that the independent WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) met yesterday, November 17, to consider a report. Independent Forensic Agency's Department of Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) and, as a result, discuss the ongoing compliance procedure against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
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Under the process, the CRC will now make a formal recommendation to the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo), under the chairmanship of WADA President Sir Craig Reedie, whose term ends on December 31, 2019. The ExCo is scheduled to meet on December 9 to discuss the recommendation.
The decision to reinstate Russia has been heavily criticized, and the WADA executive committee must face close scrutiny over how it deals with the case now.
Russia's national anti-doping agency, RUSADA, was initially declared non-compliant in November 2015. At first, the doping scandal focused on athletics, but expanded to include other sports as further investigations were conducted.
An independent investigation led by Professor Richard McLaren in 2016 found that state-sponsored doping and & # 39; systematic & # 39; occurred in various sports. Russian athletes were not banned directly from the Rio 2016 Olympics, but individual international federations had to examine competitors and declare whether they were considered clean.
WADA chose not to change the non-compliance status of RUSADA in November 2017 and Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics had to compete as "Russian Olympic Athletes". (OAR) instead of under the Russian flag. Russia was barred from the Doha World Athletics Championships earlier this year and was also kept out of the event in London in 2017.
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