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Russia set for appeal against four-year ban


Vladimir Putin (Charles Platiau/Pool/AP)
Vladimir Putin (Charles Platiau/Pool/AP)

By Jamie Gardiner

Russia is to appeal against the four-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to reports.

The Russian TASS news agency reported yesterday that the country's anti-doping agency RUSADA had said it would challenge the sanctions handed down by WADA earlier this month over alleged manipulation of laboratory data.

It would mean the case will now move to the Court of Arbitration for Sport next year.

"RUSADA will appeal against the Wada decision within 10 to 15 days," Alexander Ivlev, chair of RUSADA's supervisory board, told TASS.

The sanctions included a ban on Russian teams competing at major international sporting events such as next year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the winter Games in Beijing in 2022.

It also barred Russia from hosting, or applying to host, international sporting events over a four-year period. The sanctions do not affect Russia playing at Euro 2020 next summer, or St Petersburg's status as a host city.

Russian president Vladimir Putin indicated the day after WADA's executive committee rubber-stamped the sanctions that an appeal was likely.

"Any punishment should be individual, and should be linked to what has been done by one person or another," he said.

"A punishment cannot be collective and apply to people who have nothing to do with certain violations."

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