Russia banned from Tokyo Olympics and 2022 FIFA World Cup despite Cas cutting ban by 2 years

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The ban imposed on Russia from taking part in the major sporting events has been reduced by two years by Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS). However, they will still not be able to participate in two upcoming major events.

Russia refrained from participating in Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics; and 2022 World Cup in Qatar


Russia’s doping scandal had resulted in ban from participating in major sporting events. Previously they were given four-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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But now, Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS) has decreased the duration by two years. The ban will now run until 16 December 2022.

They have been given green signal to play at next year’s Euro 2020 tournament which had been posteponed amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The reason was stated that European football’s governing body UEFA is not defined as a “major event organisation” with regards to rulings on anti-doping breaches.

They have been told not to host any International event during the same period.

CAS also mentioned that the reduction of the ban should not be seen “as any validation” of Russia’s conduct.

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CAS said on Thursday that, “The panel has imposed consequences to reflect the nature and seriousness of the non-compliance and to ensure that the integrity of sport against the scourge of doping is maintained.”

Russia were told to provide the data to Wada as a condition for its controversial reinstatement in couple of years ago in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.

World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) has declared Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators back in January 2019.

They added, “It has considered matters of proportionality and, in particular, the need to effect cultural change and encourage the next generation of Russian athletes to participate in clean international sport.”

On this matter the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had given his thoughts. He said that the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria”.

Conditions laid for the competitors:

Conditions have been declared that the Russian athletes who will be able prove they are not involved in the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.

They can wear a kit which contains Russian colours. However, it cannot bear the Russian flag or any national symbol.

The name ‘Russia’ – written in any language can’t be displayed on kits and it has to be less prominent than the words ‘neutral athlete’ which must be in English

The national anthem of the country cannot be played or sung at any official venue and flags can’t be displayed.

Previously, 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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