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Russia takes four-year doping ban battle to court

The WADA logo is pictured at the Russkaya Zima (Russian Winter) Athletics competition in Moscow on February 9, 2020.

LAUSANNE – Russia will attempt to overturn its four-year ban from international sport this week in the latest chapter of a long-running and controversial saga over state-sanctioned doping.

Global anti-doping body WADA in December last year declared the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be non-compliant after being accused of manipulating testing data.

The ban meant the country would miss the Tokyo Olympics as well as football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

This week’s Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing, which is expected to last until Friday, has already caused division.

“WADA had requested that the hearing be held in public but for that to…

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