Russian anti-doping agency says it will not appeal restrictions on Olympic teams
The Russian anti-doping agency confirmed on Monday that it will not file an appeal to further ease restrictions on its teams during the Olympics and other major sporting events.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last month that Russia’s name, flag and anthem would be banned from the next two Olympics after backing the World Anti-Doping Agency’s finding that doping data had been handled.
However, the CAS halved the duration of the sanctions from four to two years, removed the testing requirements for Russian athletes and allowed them to continue to wear the national colors.
The Russian agency, known as RUSADA, had the option of filing an appeal with the Swiss Supreme Court on procedural grounds. He said on Monday that he still viewed the decision that doping data in Moscow had been changed to be flawed and biased, but he was satisfied that the CAS rejected the tougher sanctions proposed by WADA.
RUSADA considers that this chapter is now closed and looks forward to and commits to work with WADA to fully restore RUSADA’s membership status, RUSADA said in a statement.
The Russian agency added that it remained fully committed to the fight against doping but that it would continue to defend the rights of Russian clean athletes and oppose any form of discrimination against Russian sport.
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