Russia are clear to compete at Euros
RUSSIA will be able to compete in Euro 2020 next summer even if a four-year ban from sporting events comes into effect. Investigators from the World Anti-Doping Agency found inconsistencies in laboratory data obtained from the Russian anti-doping agency in January — and WADA is recommending Russia be barred from hosting and competing in major international events for four years. But it is understood that the European Championship, which Russia have qualified for — after finishing ahead of Scotland in Group I — with St Petersburg one of 12 host cities, will not be affected — even if WADA’s executive committee and the Court of Arbitration back sanctions. The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories, which sets out the rules on anti-doping breaches, does not define UEFA as a ‘Major Event Organisation’. The definition states that Major Event Organisations are ‘continental associations of National Olympic Committees and other international multisport organisations’. UEFA is not covered as it is only concerned with a single sport.