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Doping: Russia could be blocked again by the sports company


The worldwide anti-doping agency Wada decides on sanctions against Russia. Reason is the manipulation of doping data of Russian athletes in a Moscow laboratory.

Russia's sports are threatening a tough day. The leadership of the World Anti-Doping Agency Wada will decide this Monday in Lausanne whether Russia will be largely banned from world sports for four years. The Wada Independent Review Committee (CRC) had seen the manipulation of doping data from a Moscow laboratory as proven and made recommendations for sanctions. They are the basis of the verdict of the Wada Executive Committee.

What did the Russians do forbidden?

Even five years after the discovery of state doping, the country is incorrigible. It handed the Wada at the beginning of the year manipulated doping data from 2012 to 2015 from the Moscow laboratory. Forensic investigations revealed that many suspected positive analysis results were removed from the copy of the database and the associated raw data and PDF files were deleted or changed. Experts found this in comparison with a copy of the 2017 data that Wada received from a whistleblower. IOC President Thomas Bach spoke of "allegedly 145 cases".

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What are the penalties for Russian sport?

The Wada Independent Testing Commission (CRC) has recommended the following harsh sanctions: The Russian anti-doping agency Rusada is to be suspended again for four years. Russia may not host or compete for major competitions during this time. International sporting events already awarded to the country are withdrawn; a candidacy for the Olympic Games 2032 is prohibited. Bach hopes to clarify which events would be affected. Athletes of the country may not start under the Russian flag in these four years, but only as a neutral athlete. Government officials are prohibited from participating in Olympic Games and exercising office in world sport during that time. The Rusada is also to pay $ 100,000 for the Wada investigation.

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Who decides on the punishment?

The decision on the sanctions against Russia will be taken on Monday by the Executive Committee of the Wada in Lausanne on the basis of the recommendation of the Review Commission. If it accepts the recommendation, the Rusada will receive a formal notice alleging an infringement and reporting fines.

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What are the possible appeals?

The Rusada has 21 days to accept the suspension. If she rejects the sentence, the case is forwarded to the International Court of Justice Cas. The Cas is the last resort and the verdict is binding.

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Is the European Football Championship 2020 affected?

The proposed sanctions against Russian sport should have no impact on the planned matches of the European Football Championship 2020 in St. Petersburg. The Wada justifies this by saying that a European Championship for the European Union UEFA is "a regional / continental sporting event". "It surprised us that things are being ruled out at such an early stage," said Nada board member Lars Mortsiefer. It is unclear whether the spell could apply to the Champions League final 2021 in St. Petersburg.

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What attitude does German sport take?

It is important to the German Olympic Sports Confederation that the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo should not be overshadowed by the cause of Russia like those of Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018. DOSB President Alfons Hörmann had emphasized that he was able to live with every appropriate decision: "Difficult is a renewed state of limbo and the constellation that the 2020 Olympics will be needlessly discredited."

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What is the position of the IOC?

The International Olympic Committee announced, with reference to its charter, that the Olympics decision was "binding". The IOC emphasized "supporting the toughest sanctions" against all those responsible for manipulating doping data from the Moscow analytical laboratory. At the same time, the IOC condemned the data forgery "in the strongest terms". It was an attack on the credibility of the sport and an insult to the global sports movement, the IOC had said. It recommended the Wada, all files in the case of Russia to the Council of Europe and Unesco forward.

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How does the Russian government behave?

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticizes the threat of punishment as politically motivated. "It reminds me of an infinite anti-Russian series," said Medvedev. He said that Russia is being tackled harder than other countries where there is also doping. We are familiar with these examples, but they are being swept away and we are constantly being looked at, "said the Prime Minister. Obviously, this has something to do with the overall political situation. "Probably the decision for Russia is difficult," said Medvedev.

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Source: zeit

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