The Year in Review - 2020

CAS bans Russia for two years

2 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The global anti-doping body had accused Russia of planting fake evidence and of deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats, reports Firstpost.

In December this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned Russia from participating in world sports events for two years. This means Russia – the nation – cannot participate in next year’s Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and the football World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Russian athletes, though, can still participate in individual capacities, provided the words ‘neutral athlete’ are displayed on their uniforms. The Russian flag and national anthem cannot be played at the venues, said the ruling. The word ‘Russia’ can be written on the uniforms of the athletes, but in no more prominent font as ‘neutral athlete.’

The CAS also blocked Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years, till 16 December 2022.