Sport Court Bans Russia From Using Its Name, Flag, Anthem For the Next Two Olympics

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has banned Russia on Dec. 17 from using its name, flag, and anthem at the Olympics and at any world championships for the next two years.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has banned Russia on Dec. 17 from using its name, flag, and anthem at the Olympics and at any world championships for the next two years.

The ruling of the Lausanne-based court in a landmark case, centered on accusations of tampering with a Moscow testing laboratory database by Russian state authorities, also bans Russia from hosting major sports events for two years.

CAS is expected to publish the 186-page ruling in the coming weeks.

Although the court’s ban is half the four-year ban the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) proposed and that the court “did not endorse each and every one of our recommended consequences,” WADA President Witold Banka praised the decision and said the agency was “pleased.”

“The Panel has clearly upheld our findings that the Russian authorities brazenly and illegally manipulated the Moscow Laboratory data in an effort to cover up an institutionalized doping scheme,” Banka said in a statement.

However, Russian athletes and teams can still compete at world championships, including the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and 2022 Qatar World Cup, as long as they are not suspected for doping or for covering up positive tests.

Russian athletes and team can also retain the colors of their national flag — red, white, and blue — in their uniforms for major events.

The Russian anti-doping agency, which was ruled as non-compliant in the CAS process last year, can still appeal the decision to the Supreme Court in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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