Russia handed ban. Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).
It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Russia handed ban
Despite the ban, Russia will be able to compete at Euro 2020 – in which St Petersburg will be a host city – as European football’s governing body Uefa is not defined as a ‘major event organisation’ with regards to rulings on anti-doping breaches.
But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.
Wada’s executive committee made the unanimous decision in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
It comes after Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.
It had to hand over data to Wada as a condition of its controversial reinstatement in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.
It has 21 days to appeal against the ban.
A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.
Russia will host UCL and EURO matches despite doping ban
Russia will still host their scheduled 2020 European Championship matches, as well as the Champions League final in 2021 despite their recent sanction for doping in sport.
Saint Petersburg is set to have three Euro 2020 games played there, while its Gazprom Arena will also be the venue for next season’s Champions League final.
“That decision doesn’t affect the celebration of matches for Euro 2020 or the Champions League final in any way,” said Viacheslav Koloskov, honorary president of the Russian FA.
“It doesn’t annul UEFA’s decision. There are no reasons why it would.”
WADA has sanctioned Russia with a four-year suspension for manipulations at the Moscow Laboratory, which will leave them out of the Tokyo Olympics (2020) and the Beijing Winter Olympics (2022).
FIFA must now decide whether or not they can participate at the 2022 World Cup.
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