Grigory Rodchenkov stated that no Russian athlete should be allowed to take part in next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics for doping.  In December, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia for four years from major global sporting event including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Over exploiting doping data.  Russia is appealing the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

If Russia can demonstrate they were not part of what WADA believes was a state- sponsored system of doping, it will be allowed to compete the next year’s games in Tokyo Olympics as neutrals.

The former head of Russia’s Anti-doping agency Mr. Rodchenkov, called in an interview with the BBC for total ban. He stated that, it should be an absolute ban without any excuse or admission of athletes. Further stated that “Progression in falsifying all documentation day by day, of this data is considered as an incredible fraud of unspeakable proportion. It shows that countries learn absolutely nothing.

Russia has repeatedly denied the allegation, and claimed the four-year sanction is politically motivated. Its appeal will be heard by CAS in November. It coincides with the original dates for the Tokyo Olympic, which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 1984 Olympics had been boycotted by the Soviet Union striking claim includes the “Rodchenkov Affair”. Because Russian officials feared their doping would be exposed. It has long been understood that the Soviet Union and its Communist allies boycotted the Games in a tit-for-tat move for the West’s snub of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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