In an unanimous vote Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland, WADA’s Executive Committee imposed a four year ban on Russian participation in major international sporting events. This blanket ban includes the 2020 Tokyo and 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The list of Russian transgressions is long. According to a press release from WADA on Monday, the tipping point was Russia’s manipulation of the Moscow Lab’s data. That data was to be used to confirm specific doping violations by Russian athletes.
The ban does leave room for Russian athletes to participate in major competitions under a neutral flag. Russia has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS).
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