Russian doping ban issue will go to the highest court in sports. The World Anti-Doping Agency forwarded the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports after Russia declared it would appeal the punishment.
WADA banned Russia’s flag and name from all world championships and Olympic events for the next four years. Also, Russia can’t host some major sporting events. Athletes from the country who want to compete at major tournaments will go through a strict vetting process.
According to payperhead sources, the next step of the case is for Russia and WADA to choose one of the three arbitrators from CAS. The two arbitrators will then select a third judge to be the head of the panel.
Effects of the Russian Doping Ban
The Tokyo Olympics will be the third straight edition of the event led by a legal battle involving Russian doping concerns. The country will have at least three legal teams to represent them in a complicated case.
Aside from the Russian anti-doping agency, the Russian Paralympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee want to be part of the arbitration process. ROC president Stanislav Pozdnyakov wants a fair and honest ruling on the issues. Also, he described the punishments as too excessive.
Russia submitted its doping data to WADA in January in the hopes of having sanctions lifted in 2018. However, investigators found evidence of tampered data that removed indicators of failed drug tests.
Russian officials denied modifying the data. Also, they offered different explanations, including the unstable structure of the database. They said former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov interfered with the data. However, Rodchenkov is WADA’s primary witness on the case.
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