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Russia announced the flagless uniform for the Tokyo Olympics


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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian rivals at this year’s Tokyo Olympics will wear blue, red and white uniforms, but their country’s tricolor flag will not appear because of the doping sanctions.

ZASPORT, supplier of the Russian Olympic team, announced the uniform on Wednesday featuring the logo of the Russian Olympic Committee instead of the country’s flag.

The logo of the Russian Olympic Committee consists of three flag-colored flames with Olympic rings below them.

Russian athletes were banned from competing at major international events, including the Olympics, under their flags and national anthems until 2022 following a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) last year. .

The sanctions, initially imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but then halved to two years after appeals, are designed to punish Moscow for providing the authorities. Global anti-doping lab data can help identify drug frauds.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) published guidelines in February regarding uniforms and other aspects of the competition. At the time, it said that the Russians would compete as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee under the acronym “ROC”.

Many Russian athletes have been banned from the past two Olympics and the country was stripped of the flag at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics due to sanctions for using state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Russia, which has acknowledged problems in implementing anti-doping policies, denies running a state-funded doping program.

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