FILE PHOTO: The Olympic rings are pictured in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Russia will not be able to use its name, flag or anthem at the next two Olympics or any world championships following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the punishment, related to accusations of a country-wide doping program, left investigators unsatisfied.

The punishment halves the original four-year ban proposed in 2019 by the World Anti-Doping Agency after it accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow.

Russian athletes and teams can compete at the next two Olympics or any world championship for the next two years if they are not under suspension for doping. The name “Russia” can remain on uniforms if “Neutral Athlete” or “Neutral Team” has equal prominence.

“The Panel has clearly upheld our findings that the Russian authorities brazenly and illegally manipulated the Moscow Laboratory data in an effort to cover up an institutionalized doping scheme,” World Anti-Doping Agency President Witold Bańka said in a statement.

Russian officials will be barred from sitting on boards and committees related to international sports government. Russia also will not be allowed to host major sporting events or apply for hosting duties.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart called the ruling a “weak, watered-down outcome” that allowed Russia to “escape a meaningful consequence proportional to the crimes.”

Russia’s anti-doping agency was also not satisfied with the ruling. “It seems that not all the arguments presented by our lawyers were heard,” Mikhail Bukhanov, the agency’s acting head, said in a statement.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Russia’s national ban from Olympics, world championships now two years – NBC Sports – 12/17/2020
The 2019 punishment came after evidence was found that Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases and falsely shift the blame onto whistleblowers, according to WADA and the IOC last year.

Russia Can’t Use Its Name, Anthem Or Flag At The Next 2 Olympics – Daily Caller – 12/17/2020
Russian athletes already couldn’t rock their colors at the 2018 games and competed as a squad known as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” All thoughts on doping aside, this is such a stupid decision. It was a stupid decision in 2018, and it’s just as stupid right now.

Russia barred from next 2 Olympics, World Cup, but ‘watered-down’ doping ban ‘devastating’ to critics – Yahoo Sports – 12/17/2020
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sought to bar Russia from all world championships, in all sports, for a years-long state-sponsored doping scheme. Dozens of Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs and, with extensive government help, dodged punishment.

Russia banned from Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Cup after Cas ruling – BBC Sport – 12/17/2020
Cas said the reduction of the ban should not be seen “as any validation” of Russia’s conduct. The ban will now run until 16 December 2022, meaning Russia is also banned from competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.

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