FIFA seek clarity from WADA over Russia's ban: Details here
The sporting world received a shocker when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia from participating in global competitive events for four years. While they are banned from taking part in 2020 Olympics, their status in the 2022 FIFA World Cup remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has contacted WADA to clarify the status regarding the nation. Here is more.
Russia banned by WADA over multiple doping violations
On Monday, Russia were banned from the Olympics and all other major sporting events for four years by WADA over doping charges. This means that the country's flag and anthem will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar. This decision was taken by WADA's executive committee in Switzerland.
In contact with WADA and ASOIF: FIFA
"FIFA has taken note of the decision taken by WADA Executive Committee today. FIFA is in contact with WADA and ASOIF to clarify the extent of the decision in regards to football," confirmed FIFA to Omnisport.
Russia cannot play World Cup under their flag: WADA
Meanwhile, chairman of WADA's compliance review committee, Jonathan Taylor, has made it clear that even if Russia qualify for the 2022 global event, they cannot play under their flag. "But, if there is a mechanism put in place, then they can apply to participate on a neutral basis, not as representatives of Russia," he said.
UEFA refrains from commenting, Russia likely to play 2020 Euro
However, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has refrained from commenting on the issue. Meanwhile, it is to be noted that Russia are free to participate in the 2020 UEFA European Championship. It is because UEFA does not fall under WADA's list of major event organizations since the tournament is not considered as a world competition, but is restricted to a particular continent.
Russia can appeal in 21 days
Handed over a setback, Russia have 21 days to appeal. However, the road to reclaiming honor won't be easy, especially when WADA is convinced of Russia's ill actions. The body's vice-president Linda Helleland said a ban isn't enough. "I wanted sanctions that can not be watered down. We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible," she said.