Tokyo 2020: Russia’s Olympic Committee confident athletes will compete under own flag
Russia’s Olympic Committee says it’ll do”everything in its power” for Russian athletes to compete under their own flag at Tokyo 2020 despite facing a potential ban from the Games.
A World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) poll recommended on Monday that Russia be provided a four-year ban from hosting and competing in major global events.
It comes following the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant over inconsistencies in anti-doping data.
“All our clean athletes, individuals who were not involved or are not suspected of doping, will get involved in the Games within their Olympic team,” said Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC).
“And we’ll do everything within our power for our staff to compete in Tokyo under the Russian flag.”
Wada’s compliance review committee (CRC) has recommended the Russian flag must not be flown in major events throughout the projected four-year ban.
Many athletes of doping who can establish they are not implicated by the inconsistencies in the information from the Moscow lab with no history may be permitted to compete because neutrals.
Following the nation was prohibited in the 2014 Games at Sochi for doping at Pyeongchang A total of 168 Russian athletes competed as neutrals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Wada’s executive committee will make a final decision regarding the recommendations on 9 December.
The CRC suggested that officials from the ROC and the Russian Paralympic Committee are not allowed to attend important sports events throughout the four years.
In response, Pozdnyakov, who won five Olympic fencing medals, stated:”We consider the measures proposed by the committee to become excessive, improper and incorrect.”
Even if a prohibit from sporting occasions comes into effect, Russia is going to be permitted to compete in Euro 2020 since football’s governing body Uefa isn’t described as a’event business’ in relation to rulings on breaches that are anti-doping.