Olympic Games Banned for doping allegations
Russian athletes will participate in the Tokyo and Beijing Olympic Games under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee (COR) due to the veto imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Their decision comes after having been banned from competing under the Russian flag in neither the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed and will take place this summer, nor the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
According to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) statement, the name, emblem, uniform and flag of the Russian team must adhere to the use of the acronym COR, without any mention of the word “Russia”.
However, the flag of the Russian Olympic team will don the colours of their national flag as the COR logo is made up of five Olympic rings and flames in white, blue and red.
At the same time, the IOC has yet to decide which theme song will be chosen to replace the Russian anthem during the next two Olympics.
The president of the COR, Stanislav Pozdniakov, revealed on Friday that Russia has proposed the patriotic song “Katiusha” to replace their national anthem.
Pozdniakov pointed out that if approved, the well-known theme could also be used in other international competitions with the participation of Russian athletes.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) proposed in December 2019 a four-year ban on Russia from any Olympic or world event over alleged laboratory data manipulation.
Following the Russians’ appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) halved the sanctions proposed by WADA and prohibited Russian athletes from participating under their anthem and flag in any Olympic competition or world championship for two years, until on December 16, 2022.
However, the sanction does not affect the 2020 European Football Championship, where Saint Petersburg will host four matches, as it only concerns world and Olympic but not continental events.