Olympics-IOC to discuss Tokyo 2020 Russian athletes after CAS decision

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The International Olympic Committee will not discuss the details of Russian athletes’ participation at the Tokyo 2020 Games until after a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the IOC said on Wednesday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December banned the country’s colours and anthem from events, including the Olympics, for four years as punishment for having provided it with doctored laboratory data.

It also barred Russia from hosting or bidding for major sporting events during that period, with the country’s top officials branding the sanctions unfair and pledging to appeal the decision to CAS by early January.

The IOC did not go into the details of Russia’s Tokyo 2020 appearance during Wednesday’s Executive Board meeting.

“It was informational only,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told reporters of the discussions regarding Russia. “We will wait for a decision by CAS before doing that.”

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