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EM 2020 not affected by possible Russian doping restriction


Russian sports are facing severe sanctions in the doping scandal. However, the European Football Championship 2020 with four games in Saint Petersburg should not be affected, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The European Football Championship 2020 with twelve hosts would not be affected by possible sanctions against Russia's sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This was confirmed by the Wada DER SPIEGEL. "The Euro is not a major multisport event or World Cup, so it is not affected by the recommendation," the Wada statement said.

At the European Championships, three preliminary round matches and a quarter-final in St Petersburg could be held as planned. Even the participation of the already qualified Russian team would not be in danger.

According to Wada, the European Championship is a continental or regional event, such events would not be affected in other sports. The European Football Association Uefa is also a member of the World Federation Fifa no direct signatory to the Anti-Doping Code of Wada. The Uefa itself did not want to comment "at the present time".

The Wada sees the responsibility in the implementation of a punishment of Russia at FIFA. Thus, the qualification for the World Cup 2022 could be affected by the standing in the space four-year barrier. The World Federation wants to wait for the decision of the Wada executive until it "makes a possible important decision". The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it would support even the toughest sanctions against those responsible for possible manipulation.

Individual athletes could start again as neutral athletes

The Wada Panel had recommended blocking Russia for four years for widespread doping misconduct. A final decision on sentence will be made by the Wada Executive Committee on 9 December. It is expected that the Executive Committee will support the proposals.

Then Russia should not participate in any major multisport events or world championships for four years, host a major event, Russian officials would be excluded from all major global competitions for the same period. Individual athletes should start only after thorough examination as neutral athletes.

Should Russia be suspended, however, it is expected that it will go to the International Court of Justice Cas, which would result in considerable delays in the implementation of the sentence. Already in 2016, when Russia had been proven by the McLaren report institutional doping, the process dragged on until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Source: spiegel

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