WADA claims CAS panel failed to explain why Russia sanctions were reduced
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has claimed the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel has failed to fully explain why it significantly reduced sanctions imposed on Russia in its decision published today.
WADA had imposed a four-year package of punishments on Russia in December 2018 after it found data from the Moscow Laboratory had been tampered with and manipulated.
A three-member CAS panel last month cut the period of sanctions to two years following an appeal by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.
The panel ruled only Russian athletes who meet certain criteria will be able to compete as neutrals at events including Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Russia will not be able to host, or be granted the right the stage, any major events during the two-year period where the sanctions apply and it must be stripped of any World Championships it has already been awarded that are due to take place between now and December 16 2022 “unless it is legally or practically impossible” to do so.
But a number of sanctions imposed by WADA were significantly watered down by the panel, despite the three members heavily criticising Russia’s conduct and confirming the country had sought to “cover-up the cover-up”.
WADA argued that Russia had engaged in a “cynical and sophisticated attempt to manipulate and delete analytical data to prevent the identification and prosecution of doped athletes” and that “appropriately addressing such misconduct is essential to the integrity of sport”.
The watchdog submitted that the decision of its Executive Committee to impose the post-reinstatement criteria data requirement was an “opportunity for the Russian authorities to provide full and transparent disclosure of the Moscow data”, enabling athletes guilty of offence to be punished and innocent athletes cleared.
The CAS panel said Russian authorities viewed it as “an opportunity to fraudulently promote their fabricated defence strategy and mitigate or avoid the consequences of the doping scheme”.