Russia has been imposed a four years ban from all international sporting engagements. The judgment was issued when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) verified that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by establishing fake evidence and deleting files associated with actual doping tests that could have helped recognize drug cheats.
Ban over Doping
A report authorized by the WADA found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics. The foundation in a meeting on Monday collectively voted to eliminate Russia and also prevent it from hosting or bidding to host any global tournaments.
The ban was forced by Wada’s executive committee after Russia was exposed to have tampered with laboratory data handed over to WADA as a provision for ending a previous three-year ban for state-sponsored doping. In an explanation, the Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov blamed the inconsistencies in the laboratory data to technical issues.
No Olympics and FIFA World Cup
The following ban will mean that the country will not feature at the Tokyo Olympics next summer or the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. However, Russian athletes are allowed to compete at major international sporting events without displaying their flag or anthem for four years.
In the meantime, few Russian executives have claimed the call for sanctions as an unfair and immoral act. They claim that this move was a Western attempt to hold back the country. The nation now has 21 days to advance the verdict which will be then referred to as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“The judgments from Wada replicate themselves and often they concern athletes who had already been penalized, let alone other issues. It certainly brings us back to the theme of this anti-Russian madness which is turning into a lifelong disease. I think that our organizations responsible for this, for which this is their area of expertise, they need to think of a way to carefully insert an appeal a result of this kind of decision,” said the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev.