The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday there is no chance its team could be banned from next year’s Olympics, even though that’s the consequence threatened by a key World Anti-Doping Agency committee if it finds Russia faked key lab data.
After Russia turned over data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, more than two weeks after a Dec. 31 deadline, WADA said Tuesday it wouldn’t ban Russia’s anti-doping agency for missing the deadline.
However, WADA’s Compliance Review Committee has said it will recommend a blanket Olympic ban on Russia for next year’s games in Tokyo if the data _ which was under guard by Russian law enforcement _ has been tampered with.
“From time to time information appears that our Olympic team’s participation in the Tokyo Games is in question because of certain potentially possible new sanctions,” Pozdnyakov said in a statement. “I think that there is no basis for these kinds of fears.”