Russian athletes may be banned from competing internationally, including the Olympic Games next year, and the country may lose the right to host major tournaments, TASS reported! This outcome is on the horizon due to the fact that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is in danger of losing its compliance once again. The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is going to take serious sanctions against Russian sports and the list of the exact measures that will be taken will be known on December 9, the Director General of RUSADA, Yuri Ganus, stated for TASS. More precisely, the WADA Compliance Committee recommended that the Executive Committee should exclude RUSADA from a compliance status.
RUSADA risks losing compliance due to changes that were found in the Moscow laboratory database. The database contains the results of testing doping samples of Russian athletes for the period from 2012 to 2015. Maintaining the integrity of the database was a condition for the restoration of RUSADA compliance in September last year. The base was transferred to WADA in early January and had many inconsistencies. If RUSADA again loses its compliance, Russian athletes may be banned from international competitions, including the 2020 Olympic Games, and the country may lose the right to host major competitions.
For Russian volleyball, this would mean the absence of both male and female national teams from volleyball tournaments in Tokyo as well as canceling the organization of the 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship.
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