World Anti-Doping Agency panel calls for Russian athletes to be banned for FOUR YEARS over state-sponsored doping scandal… with proposal meaning St Petersburg may not host EURO 2020 games
- A World Anti-Doping Agency panel wants Russian athletes banned for four years
- The call comes following the state-sponsored doping scandal four years ago
- Part of the ruling recommends banning Russia from hosting sporting events
- St Petersburg may not stage four of the EURO 2020 games allocated to them
A World Anti-Doping Agency panel has called for Russian athletes to be banned from competing under their own flag for four years.
It follows an investigation into the data handed over by the Moscow laboratory in January as part of the reintegration process of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency following the state-sponsored doping scandal that was exposed four years ago.
The compliance review committee claims that data on hundreds of positive tests was removed and is now recommending Russian athletes be forced to compete as vetted neutrals as next year’s Tokyo Olympics and other events.
A WADA panel has called for Russian athletes to be banned from competing for four years
WADA’s executive committee will rule on the recommendations on December 9.
Russia was officially banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last year, forcing 168 approved athletes to compete as neutrals.
Under the recommendation, Russians would have to compete as neutrals in Tokyo and also at the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
Further implications could affect Russia’s ability to stage other sporting events, with the panel recommending the country be stripped of events already awarded ‘unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so’.
It comes after the country was found to have sponsored doping among athletes four years ago
One of the recommendations was for all sporting events not to be hosted in Russia, putting into doubt whether St Petersburg will host their four EURO 2020 games allocated to them
For instance, St Petersburg is due to host four games at next year’s UEFA European Championship.
The panel also claimed the most recent edits to the lab data were made in December 2018 and January this year — after Russia had agreed to hand over the data.
‘These activities were concealed by backdating of computer systems and data files in an attempt to make it appear that the Moscow data had been in their current state since 2015,’ WADA said in a statement.
No names have been released of any athletes involved.
The panel recommendation comes just days after the president of Russia’s athletics federation was charged with breaches of anti-doping rules by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
RusAF president Dmitry Shlyakhtin. as well as executive director Alexander Parkin, were among the senior officials placed under provisional…