Ruling on Russian doping case to be announced soon

Punishment may include not flying flag or playing national anthem.

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December 16, 2020 - 9:33 AM

Members of the U.S. gymnastics team, from left, Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas, celebrate their gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 9, 2016. Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The ruling on whether Russia can keep its name and flag for the Olympics will be announced on Thursday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said today that three of its arbitrators held a four-day hearing last month in the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency and its Russian affiliate, known as RUSADA.

WADA’s requested punishments include a ban on Russia’s flag, anthem and team name at next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Games, and other major sporting events like the World Cup.

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