Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) head has announced on Monday December 9th, that his country had "no chance" of winning an appeal against a four-year international sporting ban.
"There is no chance of winning this case in court," the RUSADA chief, Yury Ganus told AFP.
Russia now are out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, after the World Anti-Doping Agency imposed the ban on the country earlier on Monday December 9th.
Moreover RUSADA’s boss revealed that the supervisory board is set to meet on December 19th, to discuss the situation, as well as to decide on whether to appeal against the ban.
"This is a tragedy," said Ganus. "Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited."
Ganus stressed that a four- year ban for a sportsman or woman was a long time, in what can be a short career.
WADA's executive committee announced that Russia should be handed a four-year suspension, after accusations were upheld of Moscow of falsifying laboratory data. However, Russian athletes are expected to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, under a neutral flag after the decision, according to the heads of several sports federations, indicated AFP.
“The country's athletes must go to the Olympics whatever the situation," the head of Russia's swimming federation, Vladimir Salnikov, said.
"Of course, we'd prefer that our athletes participate under the Russian flag and hear their national anthem. But the circumstances may be different, and no-one has the right to deprive innocent athletes of their dreams," he told state news agency, RIA Novosti.
"If participating under a neutral flag is the only possibility, we must go and win.
Our clean athletes, I am sure, will show that they are strong, even in these circumstances," said the head of the water polo, diving and synchronised swimming federation, Alexei Vlasenko.