Russia has been given a four-year ban from all important sporting events, judgment them out of competing in the next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and also the football World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) suspension ensures the Russian flag won’t be displayed, and their anthem won’t Be performed in any sporting event.
Russian athletes that can prove they have been untainted by the doping scandal will probably be allowed to compete at the two worldwide events, as they did at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
However, as was the case at Pyeongchang, they would have to compete under a neutral flag after the unanimous decision that freeway created within a meeting of the WADA executive committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has 21 days to appeal the ban, which comes later it was declared for manipulating lab data handed over to researchers in January of this past year.