ASOIF's Ryan: Time for governments to step up over Russian Federation doping scandal

Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia

Russia has three male players - Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev - who are all set to play the Olympic Games in Tokyo despite Russian Olympic entrants needing to compete under a neutral flag, because of a sweeping ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

WADA has made it clear that Russian athletes who have no history of doping can take part in the Olympics and World Cup. "Punishment can not be collective and affect those people who have nothing to do with certain violations", he said, insinuating on political considerations playing a key role behind the current punishment.

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The British Olympic Association on Wednesday joined the fight for Russian Federation to be exiled completely from world sport as the World Anti-Doping Agency braced itself for a legal challenge to its ban on the country.

Besides, Russian sports officials, including those from NOC, have been banned from attending global sports events.

RUSADA is able to appeal WADA's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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Russian athletes were in shock. Still, he said athletes involved had been punished enough in the past and the new ban was part of "chronic anti-Russian hysteria". "They will be kept out of the (Tokyo) Games", said British lawyer Jonathan Taylor, chairman of the WADA panel whose proposed sanctions were unanimously approved Monday. "We still have a long time until the Olympics to figure out what to do".

"They said we won't go without our flag and anthem", Kremlev said. "The ticket sales are in full swing". "And who will return to me what I have lost?" Our concern is that even after the sanctions in PyeongChang, Russia continued to manipulate data and with it the outcome of sport.

That's finally changed after WADA announced Russian Federation would be banned from all major sport competitions for the next four years and Pearson said it was not before time.

"I am sorry, but in the case of a Government, when it seems a Government transgresses, the other Governments have to play a much bigger role in dealing with this rather than just shouting at sport and saying, "Letting Russian athletes compete under a neutral flag, that is wrong". Australia, as Oceania's representative on the WADA Executive Committee, voted in favour of the sanctions.

"Every athlete deserves to compete with the confidence they are competing in a clean and fair environment", Chesterman said. WADA launched an investigation into the matter and asked Rusada to provide data to help with the investigation but no data was submitted.

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