Russia Banned From 2020 Olympics Over PED Scandal

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) slapped the country of Russia with a four-year ban from the 2020 Olympics after a complete unanimous decision by the agency. Along with being banned from the 2020 Olympics, Russia will also be excluded from the 2022 World Cup.
“Russia’s hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions as punishment for state authorities tampering with a Moscow laboratory database,” the Associated Press reports.

The ban specifically states Russian competitors will only be allowed to play if they were never implicated or found guilty in positive PED/doping tests, or if their Moscow lab data was not tampered or manipulated in any way. Via

According to the AP:

Evidence shows that Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases and falsely shift the blame onto whistleblowers, WADA investigators and the International Olympic Committee said last month. 

‘Flagrant manipulation’ of the Moscow lab data was ‘an insult to the sporting movement worldwide,’ the IOC said last month.

One of the Russian Whistleblowers connected to the Moscow Labs database, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov remained supportive on WADA’s decision to ban Russia from competition.

“Finally, Russia’s many doping and obstruction sins will now get some of the punishment they richly deserve.” Rodchenkov said.

“For far too long, Russia has weaponized doping fraud and state-sponsored criminal activity as a tool of foreign policy.”

“Let every corrupt nation that tries to play from Russia’s illicit playbook take heed of today’s monumental decision,” the statement added. “When doping conspiracies become a crime under the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, cheaters will be in U.S. prisons and clean athletes will be better protected.” Rodchenkov concluded.
Officially, Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) will have three weeks to decide to accept the ruling or appeal the ban, ultimately taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been under the anti-doping microscope since 2016, the McLaren report was published which inevitably deemed RUSADA as a “noncompliant” agency. The report exposed how the Russian state plotted with competitors and sports officials to manipulate results of specific PED/doping tests. Via The Daily Caller.
After the report, Russia was placed on strict sanctions that banned them from the 2018 Olympic Winter games in Pyeongchang. Although caught red handed, the Russians were given the opportunity to clear the air and fess up their manipulated doping tests. Russia refused and continued to alter results. Via The Daily Caller.

“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin 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,” WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said.

WADA’s current ban against Russia will let Russian born athletes, who can prove they never used PED’s or doping to compete “under a neutral flag,” almost mirroring sanctions from the 2018 Winter Olympics. 


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