Russia's four-year ban on participating in all types of global sports has been reduced to two years. Even then, the country will not be able to play in next year's Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Russia is not reducing its losses as a punishment for planned dope sins. Next year, the country will not be able to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2022 Beijing Paralympics and 2022 Qatar World Cup. The next World Cup football tournament is scheduled to start on November 21, 2022 in Qatar.
The CAS said in a statement that Russia's planned dope was "legitimized" to reduce its sanctions. The ban will remain in effect until December 16, 2022.
Despite the ban, Russia is not barred from playing in the European Championships, which have been postponed from this year to next. This is because UEFA, the governing body of European football, is not seen as a "big event organizer" for violating dope rules.
The CAS ruling said, "The panel has taken this decision as a result of a gross violation of the policy." Continuity will be maintained to ensure sports ethics against doping. Although the punishment is not as severe as Wader's, it should not be seen as legitimizing a planned breach of policy by Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) or their regulatory authorities. "
In January last year, Wada filed a lawsuit against RUSADA for leaking information to players in the laboratory. RUSADO or Russia was previously banned for three years for helping state-sponsored athletes freely dope. Athletes were asked to hand over all information to Wader on condition that their ban be lifted in 2016.
Russia will not be able to host any international events during this two-year embargo. However, Russian athletes who have not taken dope or tested negative will be able to participate in international tournaments under a neutral flag. Two years ago, 168 Russian athletes competed in the Winter Olympics under the neutral flag. Russia will not be able to participate in athletics as a country, a ban that has been in place since 2015.
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