Despite WADA’s recommendation Russia pressing on with preparations for the Tokyo Olympics next year

by November 28th, 2019

The head of Russia’s Olympic Committee said on Thursday it was carrying on with preparations for the Tokyo Olympics next year and criticized World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendations to punish some Russian Olympic officials as excessive and wrong.

A WADA committee recommended this week that Russia be banned from the Olympics and world championships in a wide range of sports for four years after Moscow was found to have provided the agency with doctored laboratory data.

WADA’s executive committee will rule on the recommendations in Paris on December 9.

Under the recommendations, some Russians without a history of doping could be cleared to compete in major international events as neutrals, as was the case at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said this week that it welcomed the opportunity for clean Russian athletes to compete, saying WADA had not indicated “any wrongdoing by the sports movement in this regard, in particular the Russian Olympic Committee or its members.”

Pozdnyakov, a five-time Olympic medalist in fencing, criticized a recommendation that would bar senior officials from Russia’s Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee from participating or attending major sporting events for four years.