Russia BANNED from Tokyo Olympics and World Cup 2022 for doping but will be allowed to play at delayed Euro 2022
RUSSIA will be allowed to host games in Euro 2020 – despite a global BAN being upheld, according to Ria Novosti.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut the four-year ban imposed on the country found guilty of state-sponsored doping to two, and President Vladimir is appealing against the bar on him attending the next two Olympics.
That still means Russia is banned from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Beijing Winter Games as well as the next World Cup in 2022 in Qatar.
But the ban only applies to global tournaments, allowing them to compete in Euro 2020, where they will play two games in St Petersburg.
And the 2018 World Cup hosts will be permitted to take part in the European qualifying campaign – when it begins in March – where they have been drawn in Group H with Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.
However, should they qualify, they will have to carry the name “Russia Neutral Team” on their shirts and cannot use the country’s flag or anthem.
The Olympic ban will not prevent Russian athletes competing in Tokyo or Beijing although they will need to take part under a neutral flag.
Russia’s participants will also have to demonstrate they are not tainted by the doping scandal which saw the initial ban introduced in 2015.
Whistleblower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow-based doping racket now on the run from Russian authorities and living under an assumed identity in the USA, slammed the CAS verdict as “nonsensical and undeserved”.
Nicole Sapstead, chief exec of UK anti-doping, also criticised the reduced ban.
She said: “It is hard to imagine a more serious breaking of the rules in sport, so I don’t understand the justification for this reduction.
“We await the publication of the full decision next week, to better understand some of the disappointing aspects of the decision including that Russian athletes will be able to wear uniforms with the country’s colours and uniforms that will include the words ‘Russia’”.
Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “The British Olympic Association are committed to upholding the principles of clean and fair sport for all and are grateful to the World Anti-Doping Authority for their resolve in pursuing this important matter.
“Our only disappointment is that their recommendations were not endorsed in full.”
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