The decision on Russia's participation in the 2020 Olympics will be made by WADA

  • The decision on Russias participation in the 2020 Olympics will be made by WADA

Kiev: President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach intends to leave the final decision on the participation of athletes from the Russian Federation at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

This is reported by DW.

"The procedure was transferred to the hands of WADA and CAS because the rules changed after the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. I don’t know the details. We trust WADA", - Bach said.

In September 2018, WADA reinstated the membership of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) after an almost three-year disqualification caused by the scandal surrounding the alleged state doping program in Russia. One of the conditions for restoration of rights was the provision by the Russian side of access to the Moscow laboratory, as well as to its information system and sealed doping tests.

Later, WADA suspected falsification of this data. Jonathan Taylor, Chairman of the WADA Anti-Doping Code Compliance Committee, said that some of the information about positive doping tests by Russian athletes was removed from the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. On October 8, Russian Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov said that the Russian side sent its explanations to WADA. In turn, RUSADA Director General Yuri Ganus said that the situation with the accusations by WADA is critical. "If we get new, even more serious problems now, then I don’t know what will have to be done to get our sport out of this gap, not even a hole", - said Ganus.

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