Russia confirmed that it’s going to enchantment in opposition to its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping knowledge.
The Russian anti-doping company, often known as RUSADA, despatched a proper letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Company. The case now heads to the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport.
Subsequent yr’s Olympics in Tokyo would be the third consecutive version of the video games preceded by a authorized battle over Russian doping points.
RUSADA stated it “disputes the [WADA] discover in its entirety,” together with the proof of tampering with the info archive.
RUSADA’s personal CEO, Yuri Ganus, connected his personal observe of protest to Friday’s letter. Ganus is important of Russian officers and had disagreed with the choice to enchantment.
The WADA sanctions ban the usage of the Russian group identify, flag or anthem at a spread of main sports activities competitions over the subsequent 4 years, together with subsequent yr’s Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup.
Nonetheless, Russian athletes can be allowed to compete as neutrals in the event that they go a vetting course of which examines their historical past of drug testing and doable involvement in coverups on the lab.