- Title: WADA sanctions are inappropriate and excessive - ROC
- Date: 9th December 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA'S OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, STANISLAV POZDNYAKOV, SAYING: "In conclusion, I would like to emphasis that the Russian Olympic Committee is a fully-fledged member of the International Olympic and Sports Movement. We meet all our obligations and retain all the rights laid out in the Olympic Charter. It's these rights we're using now, and intend to use them to their full extent, to defend the rights of Russian athletes and Russian sport as a whole." JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2019 17:15
- Keywords: Olympic ban RUSADA Russia Russian Olympic committee WADA Zhurova ban reactions speed skating sports wrestling
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA008B997AYN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) sanctions against Russia are inappropriate and excessive, the president of Russia's Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Monday (December 9) after WADA banned the country from all major sporting events for four years.
WADA has banned Moscow from events including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with laboratory data on doping.
"The position of Russia's Olympic Committee remains unchanged - sanctions are inappropriate, illogical and excessive," Pozdnyakov said.
"Of course, we are disappointed, but we initially assumed that the recommendations of the WADA Executive Committee would be approved without change, especially after the main points were made public."
He also said the Russian Olympic Committee would do everything it could to enable Russian athletes to compete under the country's flag at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
WADA's executive committee acted after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests in laboratory data that could have helped identify drug cheats.
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