Lausanne: Russian athletes will be unable to take part within the Olympics or at any world championships below the nation`s flag for the following two years, a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) mentioned on Thursday.
CAS has issued its choice within the arbitration process between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian AntiDoping Agency (RUSADA), with 50 intervening events, together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
CAS mentioned that its panel unanimously decided RUSADA to be “non-compliant” with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) in reference to its failure to procure the supply of the genuine LIMS information (Laboratory Information Management System) and underlying analytical information of the previous Moscow Laboratory to WADA.
As a consequence, the Panel issued various orders which come into impact on December 17, 2020 for a interval of two years, i.e. till 16 December 2022, CAS mentioned.
“The Panel`s orders include, inter alia, the possibility during the two-year period for any athlete or athlete support personnel from Russia to participate in or attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games (winter or summer) and any world championships organised or sanctioned by a WADA signatory, on the condition that they are not subject to a suspension imposed by a competent authority, that the uniform is worn does not contain the flag of the Russian Federation and contains the words `neutral athlete`, and that the Russian national anthem is not played or sung at any official event venue,” CAS mentioned in a press release.
“For RUSADA to be reinstated as a compliant signatory, all consequences imposed for RUSADA`s non-compliance must have been respected and observed in full by RUSADA through the two-year period with all monetary fines and contributions paid,” it added.
The CAS mentioned that WADA filed its Request for Arbitration on January 9, 2020, and a listening to befell from November 2 to 5, 2020 in a blended format (in-person and by video-conference).