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Russia: RUSADA to appeal WADA ban

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 19, 2019 at 12:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is set to appeal the decision to ban Russian athletes from all global sport, chairman of RUSADA’ the Supervisory Board Alexander Ivlev told journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

Ivlev criticised the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) decision and said that he doesn’t believe in “the principle of collective punishment” against athletes who have not been shown to have used performance enhancing substances.

“Probably in sports, it is not a system which should be used, it’s my personal opinion.”

Last week Russia was handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events, including upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The decision came after RUSADA was declared non-compliant for manipulating the Moscow laboratory data, which was handed over to WADA investigators in January 2019.

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Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is set to appeal the decision to ban Russian athletes from all global sport, chairman of RUSADA’ the Supervisory Board Alexander Ivlev told journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

Ivlev criticised the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) decision and said that he doesn’t believe in “the principle of collective punishment” against athletes who have not been shown to have used performance enhancing substances.

“Probably in sports, it is not a system which should be used, it’s my personal opinion.”

Last week Russia was handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events, including upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The decision came after RUSADA was declared non-compliant for manipulating the Moscow laboratory data, which was handed over to WADA investigators in January 2019.

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