By excluding Russia from major international sporting competitions for the next two years over systematic doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport made a “very strong” move that validates the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its director general Olivier Niggli told AFP.
Niggli offered his thoughts on the issue in an interview, key excerpts of which are below:
Q: Are you satisfied with the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which did not affirm all of WADA’s recommendations against Russia?
A: “We’re disappointed that some of our recommendations were not adopted in full. But the majority of them were. At the end of the day, Russia will not be at the Olympics for an entire cycle, meaning a summer and winter games.
(Note: Russian athletes will be able to compete, but only as neutrals if they can prove no connection to doping.)
“Today’s decision is much more robust than the one in 2014. In particular, it confirms that the new international standards for compliance that came into force on April 1, 2018 provide a very strong legal framework for these cases.
“This decision confirmed with no reservation the manipulation that took place, and that CAS verified and accepted the allegations drawn up by WADA.
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