Russia’s appeal against its four-year ban from all major sporting events has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
In December 2019, Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had controversially reinstated Russia in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.
But Wada’s executive committee made the unanimous decision to impose the ban on Russia in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 9 December.
Rusada sent a letter to Wada last month formally disputing the latest punishment, which bars Russia from competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Only athletes who can prove they are clean competitors would be permitted to compete under the ban, and would have to do so as so-called «neutral» athletes.
A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.
The final decision in the punishment now rests with Cas, whose ruling on the matter would be binding.
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