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Russia: ROC chief says ‘will do everything’ to participate at 2020 Olympics02:29

Russia: ROC chief says ‘will do everything’ to participate at 2020 Olympics

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 28, 2019 at 14:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) head Stanislav Pozdnyakov said his organisation will do all it can to make sure its athletes can participate in the Tokyo Olympics next summer, speaking in Moscow on Thursday.

“There are no accusations against us as an organisation neither from the International Olympic Committee nor from the World Anti-Doping Agency,” said Pozdnyakov.

“We will do everything in our power for our team to compete under the Russian flag,” he added.

He also argued that a possible collective punishment of the ROC “when there is no proof of their involvement in any violation, is inadmissible in the context of law and pure logic.”

WADA announced on Monday that its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended that Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be declared non-compliant with the world anti-doping code after the CRC's investigation found that data handed over from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated.

The CRC report also recommended that Russia be banned from all global sport for four years, which, among other things, could mean new restrictions on its athletes and teams at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Following the announcement, the IOC said it supported “the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for this manipulation”.

WADA's Executive Committee will vote on the CRC's recommendations at its meeting in Paris on December 9.

The long-running doping saga goes back to 2015 when RUSADA was first declared non-compliant after a WADA-commissioned report by sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged "institutionalised" doping programme in Russia.

Russia: ROC chief says ‘will do everything’ to participate at 2020 Olympics02:29
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Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) head Stanislav Pozdnyakov said his organisation will do all it can to make sure its athletes can participate in the Tokyo Olympics next summer, speaking in Moscow on Thursday.

“There are no accusations against us as an organisation neither from the International Olympic Committee nor from the World Anti-Doping Agency,” said Pozdnyakov.

“We will do everything in our power for our team to compete under the Russian flag,” he added.

He also argued that a possible collective punishment of the ROC “when there is no proof of their involvement in any violation, is inadmissible in the context of law and pure logic.”

WADA announced on Monday that its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended that Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be declared non-compliant with the world anti-doping code after the CRC's investigation found that data handed over from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated.

The CRC report also recommended that Russia be banned from all global sport for four years, which, among other things, could mean new restrictions on its athletes and teams at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Following the announcement, the IOC said it supported “the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for this manipulation”.

WADA's Executive Committee will vote on the CRC's recommendations at its meeting in Paris on December 9.

The long-running doping saga goes back to 2015 when RUSADA was first declared non-compliant after a WADA-commissioned report by sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged "institutionalised" doping programme in Russia.

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