Russia faces four-year suspension from major sporting events

Russia faces four-year suspension from major sporting events

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended the organization’s Executive Committee (ExCo) to bar Russia from taking part in international competitions for a four-year period, the WADA press service said.

Moreover, top executives and members of the Executive Board/Governing Board of either the Russian Olympic Committee or the Russian Paralympic Committee may not participate in or attend any major sporting event staged during the four-year period.

However, even if access to major sporting competitions is granted, an athlete will not be able to compete under the national flag and will have to wear a neutral uniform. Besides, the committee suggests prohibiting hoisting the Russian flag at any major event throughout the entire term of the disqualification.

The WADA Executive Committee will consider the recommendations at a specially convened meeting in Paris on 9 December 2019. RUSADA will have 21 days to appeal the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).