Russia Will Not Appeal Restrictions On Its Olympic Team


MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s anti-doping agency confirmed Monday that it will not appeal with the intention of easing restrictions on its teams at the Olympics and other major sporting events.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last month that Russia’s name, flag and anthem will be banned from the next two Olympics after ratifying the World Anti-Doping Agency’s conclusion that the country tampered with doping data.

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However, the TAS halved the duration of the sanctions, from four to two years. He also raised a series of requirements for Russian athletes and allowed them to wear the national colors.

The Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, had the option of appealing to the Swiss supreme court on procedural matters. RUSADA said Monday that it still considers the ruling on the manipulation of the data as “imperfect and uneven”, but was satisfied that the CAS rejected the harsher sanctions requested by WADA.

“RUSADA believes that this chapter has been closed and has the willingness and commitment to work with WADA in an effort to fully reestablish the membership of RUSADA,” the Russian agency said in a statement.

She added that she “remains fully committed to the fight against doping, but will continue to defend the rights of clean Russian athletes and will oppose all kinds of discrimination against sport in Russia.”

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin appeared to back the decision.

“We respect RUSADA’s decision,” Matytsin was quoted as saying by the state news agency Tass. “For our part, we will do everything necessary to keep Russian sport clean, offer training programs, cooperate with Russian federations, regions and the Olympic Committee, as well as with regional entities in their competence, to ensure that Russian sport is clean and do not allow doping ”.

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