Russia Handed 4-Year Doping Ban for All Major Sporting Events

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Aliya Mustafina of Russia celebrate winning the gold medal after the Women's Uneven Bars Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Russia have been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from competing in all major sporting events for the next four years.

Per BBC Sport, the ban includes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as well as the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where "the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed."

It does not, though, include UEFA Euro 2020, because UEFA is not classed as a "major event organisation."

Russia have already qualified for next summer's European tournament, and Saint Petersburg is one of the 12 host cities.

WADA's executive committee reached a unanimous decision to sanction Russia in Lausanne, Switzerland, after repeated offences:

The organisation's vice-president, Linda H. Helleland, said she is not satisfied with the ban:

As at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, individual athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete but not under the Russian flag.

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Russia's Anti-Doping Agency, which was declared noncompliant back in January, has 21 days to appeal the ban.