Euro 2020: Russia’s staging of games under threat after Wada recommends ban
Russia’s staging of games in Euro 2020 may be under threat following a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) committee recommended the country be banned from hosting sports events for 3 decades.
Russia could also be banned from the next year’s Tokyo Olympics – with been excluded in the 2018 Winter Games – and other competitions.
Wada’s compliance review committee (CRC) advocated a raft of steps after declaring the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) non-compliant over inconsistencies in anti-doping data.
Among the suggestions is to withdraw the right to sponsor an event already granted unless it is”legally and almost impossible”.
St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest town, is a place for Euro 2020 set games plus a quarter-final tie – a fixture.
Wada’s executive committee make the final decision on 9 December and may consider the recommendations.
The CRC made its recommendations based”specifically” on a forensic overview of inconsistencies found in some of the information obtained by the bureau by the Moscow Laboratory at January 2019.
The committee concluded that there’s”an extremely serious case of non-compliance with the necessity to offer an authentic copy of this Moscow information, with several devious attributes”.
CRC’s”powerful suggested consequences” contain:
The four-year interval would begin”to the date in which the decision which Rusada is non-compliant becomes final”.
US Anti-Doping Agency mind Travis Tygart stated:”It is good the CRC has recognized the egregious conduct of Russia toward athletes and let’s all hope the Wada executive committee utilizes the same resolve to guarantee clean athletes aren’t again sold down the river and actually supports this unfortunate but necessary outcome.”
Sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged widespread corruption which amounted to state-sponsored doping in track and field athletics declared rusada non-compliant in November 2015.
A further report, released in July 2016, declared Russia worked a state-sponsored doping programme for 3 years round the”vast bulk” of winter and summer sports.
After the federal agency agreed to release data from the interval between January 2012 and August 2015 from its Moscow lab as compliant, Wada reinstated Rusada in 2018.
However, optimistic findings were missing from the January 2019 data, which prompted a new inquiry.