Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency after being found guilty of manipulating laboratory doping results.
WADA found Russia planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats. Russia’s Anti Doping Agency was declared non-compliant after handing over manipulated data to investigators back at the start of this year. Russia was forced to hand over this data as a condition of their reinstatement into sports participation after a three year ban because of state sponsored doping.
Last month Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attributed the discrepancies in the laboratory data to technical issues however Wada president Sir Craig Reedie has said “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of Rusada’s reinstatement conditions demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered.”
“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.”
Russia will still be able to compete at the Euro 2020 football tournament next summer, which it has qualified for and is a tournament host with games due to be played at St Petersburg. Untainted Russian athletes will be able compete at major international sporting events without their flag or anthem for four years, as was the case during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
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