Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance.

Russia’s anti doping agency has 21 days to accept the decision or send the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If upheld, WADA’s decision means Russia will be unable to compete in events such as next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo as well as the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022. It will also be unable to host any major sporting events. 

The ban does not apply to next year’s European football Championship though, which Russia have already qualified for. That is due to the fact that the UEFA competition is viewed as a regional tournament and is not defined as a major event organisation which the ban applies to.

Russia’s flag and anthem will not be permitted at tournaments such as the 2020 Olympic Games and 2022 World Cup. However, athletes who can provide evidence that they were not involved in the recent doping scandal can compete under a neutral flag.


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