OREANDA-NEWS. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RADA) will not appeal the decision of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), issued in December 2020 against Russian sports. According to a report published by the agency's press service on Monday, January 25, this is done in the interests of «Russian athletes and Russian sports in general».

At the same time, the statement notes that the agency strongly disagrees with the CAS conclusions regarding the alleged data manipulation. According to the agency, such judgments are based on an incorrect and one-sided assessment of the facts. In addition, the report expresses regret «that agency was found not to comply with the norms of the WADA Code, although it did not commit any violations, which is directly recognized by World Anti-Doping Agency».

On December 17, 2020, the panel of Arbitrators of the CAS in Lausanne issued a decision in the case «World Anti-Doping Agency vs RADA». Russian athletes are banned from performing under their flag and anthem at major international competitions for two years. Russia has lost the right to host the Olympic Games and World Championships for two years. In addition, Moscow must pay WADA 1.27 million US dollars in compensation for costs incurred during the anti-doping investigation. At the same time, athletes from the Russian Federation are allowed to compete under a neutral flag at the next two Olympics, as well as the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, if their doping tests show a negative result.