Russia’s top Olympic officials on Tuesday formally objected to a doping watchdog banning Russia from international sporting events. The Russian
Russia’s top Olympic officials on Tuesday formally objected to a doping watchdog banning Russia from international sporting events.
The Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) formal notification will be send to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Dec. 30, ROC head Stanislav Pozdnyakov told reporters in Moscow.
Russia’s move means the agency will have to file a suit with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency to justify its decision, he said.
The committee will take part in the proceedings as the third party, whose interests can be impinged by the anti-doping agency, Pozdnyakov said.
On Dec. 9 the agency announced its decision to ban Russia from major international competitions for four years.
Russian athletes will be able to compete under a neutral flag, but the country’s officials and representatives will be barred from participation.
The agency also prohibited Russia from hosting and bidding to host major events during the same period.