Russia has been given a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) after it was found guilty of manipulating laboratory data to mask banned substances in its athletes during an investigation.
It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Despite the ban, Russia will be able to compete at Euro 2020 – in which St Petersburg will be a host city – as the UEFA is not defined as a ‘major event organisation’ with regards to rulings on anti-doping breaches.
However, athletes who can prove they are not implicated 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 after Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.
Rusada has 21 days to appeal against the ban.