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Russia to challenge WADA’s ruling with arbitration court in Lausanne

A meeting of RUSADA’s Supervisory Board will be held on December 19

MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. Russia will challenge the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) ruling with the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the matter is discussed by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Svetlana Zhurova, first deputy chairperson of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Monday.

"A meeting of RUSADA’s Supervisory Board will be held on December 19. It will decide whether RUSADA accepts these recommendations or not. And the court in Lausanne after that," she said. "I am 100% sure [Russia will go to court] because we must defend our athletes."

"If RUSADA accepts that, there can be no arbitration litigation and everything will come into force," she said.

"Inexplicably, but our athletes were expected to show worse results in a situation like this. However, you see, they are performing better and better. Moreover, there are no doping-related claims to them now," Zhurova said, adding that the WADA ruling was obviously "politically motivated."

Earlier on Monday, the WADA Executive Committee unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Compliance Review Committee (CRC). This will entail sanctions against Russian sports. Russia will be stripped of the right to host major sports competitions or make bids for hosting them for a period of four years. Russian athletes will be unable to compete at world championships and Olympic Games under the national flag. Apart from that, Russian government officials and senior staff of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) will be banned to attend international tournaments.