Kathmandu, December 9 (Nepal Niti)-
Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). This means the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2022 football’s World Cup in Qatar. Athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.
Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said the decision showed its “determination to act resolutely in the face of the Russian doping crisis”. He added: “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from the clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of Rusada’s reinstatement conditions demanded a robust response. “That is exactly what has been delivered. “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.”
But Wada vice-president Linda Helleland said the ban was “not enough”. “I wanted sanctions that cannot be watered down,” she said. “We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible.”