December 18, 2020

“Following the confirmation of the unprecedented nature of the data manipulation, and while recognising the sanctions imposed on Russia for the next two years for major sporting events including the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, the IOC Athletes’ Commission is disappointed that WADA’s recommendation for a four-year sanction was not upheld by the CAS.

In our continued efforts to protect clean athletes, the IOC Athletes’ Commission supports the strongest sanctions for athletes’ entourage members who are implicated in promoting and administering doping among athletes. We will continue to work closely with the IOC, WADA and all the stakeholders involved to understand the practical implications of the CAS decision. As ever, we remain committed to engaging and informing the athlete community on issues that are important to them and representing the global view of athletes in decision-making at the highest level.”