Russia banned from international sports events for the next two years

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A Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday banned Russia from participating on international sports for the next two years. The ruling also blocked Russia from bidding to host any major sporting events for two years.

The ban follows a landmark case by Anti-Doping Agency that accused Russia of state-sponsored tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow. Russia was found guilty of noncompliance with international anti-doping rules.

The ruling on Thursday is a reduction of the original 4-year punishment to Russia following the World Anti-Doping Agency investigations that found the country guilty of manipulating laboratory data to mask banned substances in its athletes.

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“We are, however, disappointed that the CAS Panel did not endorse each and every one of our recommended consequences for the four-year period we requested,” said Witold Bańka, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Individual Russian athletes are not affected by the ban so long as they were not personally implicated in the doping scandal and do not compete under Russia’s name.

The ruling which ordered Russia to pay $1.27 million to cover costs associated with the investigation of its offenses, also banned Russian government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, from attending any of the events the country is banned.

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The ruling is detailed in a five-page summary released by the court. You can read it here

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