Ban halved! The International Court of arbitration for sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, announced on the 17th that it would reduce the four-year ban on Russia’s participation in major international sports events to two years.
Russia today is still unable to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games (February 4-20) and the Qatar world cup 2022 (November 21-december 18) postponed to next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20), and the 2022 Qatar world cup (November 21-december 18), according to the website “Russia today”.
At the same time, Russia can not use the national anthem, national flag and national name in other major international events, only a small number of athletes can participate in the competition in a neutral capacity. “Despite the halving of the ban, it is still seen as a major victory for the world’s Anti Doping Agency.”. It is worth mentioning that the ban does not include the European Champions League to be held next summer, as some of the matches will be held in St. Petersburg, so the tournament is essentially regional rather than global.
“New York Times” said on the 17th that the decision of the international sports arbitration court means the end of a year long “battle” between Russia and the World Anti Doping Agency, which in 2019 accused the Russian Anti Doping center of sending tampered laboratory data to the World Anti Doping Agency.