The unanimous decision will exclude the country from the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. Russia’s anthem and flag will not be permitted at sporting competitions such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar. Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), stated: “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.” However, athletes can participate under a neutral flag if cleared by anti-doping authorities. The decision follows after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) was confirmed in breach of tampering with laboratory data. They were forced to hand over the investigation to Wada
This morning, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) imposed a four year ban on Russia that will prevent the country from participating in all global sporting events including 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Russian athletes unaffected by the doping scandal wanting to compete during the ban will be able to do so under a neutral flag. The 2020 European Championships are excluded from the ban, meaning that Russia, who will host matches in St. Petersburg, will be allowed to compete. The long awaited decision comes after the agency officials were permitted entry into a Moscow laboratory and discovered evidence of result manipulation. Russia has 21 days to appeal the ruling via the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is expected to do so. Speaking o...
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts. They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds. Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity. It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be called off because of the Zika virus, Brazil has said. Brazilian authorities emphasised that Zika poses no risk to athletes and spectators unless they are pregnant. Scientists, however, are discussing a potential link with a neurological condition known Guillain–Barré syndrome. Symptoms of condition include rapid-onset muscle weakness and pain which could prove devastating for athletes. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday following an emergency meeting. Their concern comes from the rapid spread of the virus which has now been seen in 22 countries across the Americas. The BBC has published a video explaining the WHO's decision: https://www.youtube.com/w
London's Olympics Games were a great success that boosted sport activities in schools. Correct? No. A recent survey by the Youth Sports Trust shows a drastic decline in the number of minutes spent on PE lessons in schools across the UK. If a lack of funding is to blame, a lack of interest certainly isn't - as a burgeoning partnership between a sports charity and primary schools in London proves. Reporter: Li Ying Sub editor: Sonal Gupta PE hours on the decline…. Is London a more sports-loving city since the 2012 Games? With such an amazing legacy from the Olympics, you'd expect a positive answer. But figures released in January by the London-based Youth Sport Trust after a nationwide school sports survey show a different picture. Despite the coalition's promise to ‘inspire