World Anti-Doping Agency has revealed that Russia are likely to face a ban from all major sports events over “discrepancies” in a lab database.
Russia handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration back into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sponsored doping programme. However, some inconsistencies were discovered while reviewing the data.
According to the chairman of Wada’s compliance panel, Jonathan Taylor, he said:
“We need to understand from the Russian authorities what their explanation is.”
“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to Rusada asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences,”
“In a case with a ‘critical non-compliance’, there is now a starting point for the sanctions that can go up and down, and they do include sanctions against Rusada and options include no events hosted in Russia, and they do include no participation of Russian athletes in world championships and up to the Olympics.”
Taylor further emphasised that should Russia appeal the decision, the case would ultimately be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Russia has up until three weeks to explain “inconsistencies” or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.
By Chineze Ogugua