Russia Barred from International Sport

11 Dec 2019

Russia has been barred from competing in international sports for four years after an investigation from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Russia was found guilty of manipulating laboratory data to mask banned substances in its athletes during an investigation in January.

The ban means the country will be unable to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Russian athletes who were not implicated in the doping scandal will be able to compete, however, under a neutral flag.

WADA's Vice-President, Linda Helleland, said on Twitter that she believed the punishment was still "not enough" and that the organization owed it "to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible."

Russia is able to appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.