Rus­sia are clear to com­pete at Euros

Scottish Daily Mail - - Exit Strategy -

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.

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