The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Russia’s four-year ban from international sports competition by half. Russia will no longer participate in the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Russia has been accused of violating doping rules. However, players who are not involved in doping can participate in the Olympics independently.
A panel of three arbitrators held a four-day hearing last month behind closed doors to consider the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ban, which was handed down last December.
As a country, Russia will no longer be part of Tokyo and Beijing Winter Hail after the charge is proven. Russia’s flag and national anthem will also be banned in these two big tournaments.
“This Panel has imposed consequences to reflect the nature and seriousness of the noncompliance and to ensure that the integrity of sport against the scourge of doping is maintained,”
The arbitrators wrote in their decision. “The consequences which the Panel has decided to impose are not as extensive as those sought by WADA. This should not, however, be read as any validation of the conduct of RUSADA or the Russian authorities.”