Iranian Taekwondo athlete and Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh said she wants to compete for Germany in future competitions after fleeing from her native country, during a press conference in the western German town of Lunen on Friday. Earlier in January, Alizadeh announced she had left Iran, reportedly citing sexism on part of officials as one of the reasons. In 2016, 18-year-old Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal by nabbing a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
A number of Russian sports federations as well as the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee sent official notifications to CAS earlier this month expressing their intention to participate as a third party in the WADA-RUSADA dispute
On December 9, 2019, WADA's Executive Committee voted to strip RUSADA of its compliance status and impose sanctions on the Russian sports after manipulations with Moscow Laboratory doping samples emerged