The Russian flag won’t be flying at the next two Olympic Games in 2020 and 2022 after Russia was officially banned from global sports over the investigation into their doping scandal.
The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that Russia would have a four-year ban from global sports participation. The decision game after the agency’s most recent investigation into doping allegations against Russian athletes.
This will bar the country from the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Not only that, The Russian team will also be barred from the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. It will also apply to “any other event organized by a Major Event Organization and any World Championships organized or sanctioned by any Signatory,” the agency said.
“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA’s reinstatement conditions, approved by the ExCo in September 2018, demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today,” said WADA president Craig Reedie.
“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial,” he continued. “As a result, the WADA ExCo has responded in the strongest possible terms, while protecting the rights of Russian athletes that can prove that they were not involved and did not benefit from these fraudulent acts.”
Some Russian athletes who can verify they are not implicated in the scandal may be able to participate with certain restrictions, but the level and number remains unclear.
Many Russian athletes were banned during the 2016 Olympics in Rio under similar allegations.