The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia for four years from all kinds of global sports in dope sin. The executive committee made the decision unanimously at a special meeting at the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lusan, Switzerland on Monday.
Russian athletes proved positive in dope tests during the Rio Olympics in Brazil on May 26. Subsequently, they were not allowed in the track and field. Further investigations found evidence against Moscow changing the laboratory results with false information. The ban is based on this. The country has the opportunity to appeal the ban within 30 days. Once appealed, it will be resolved in the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Russia also failed to make it to the Winter Olympic Games held in Pyeongchang on May 27. However, certain athletes competed in neutral clothing as ‘Olympic athletes from Russia’.
Russia will be able to participate in Euro 2020 despite the sanctions. UEFA, the leading European football company, is not considered a ‘big event organizer’ when it comes to anti-doping regulations. The quarter-finals of this season, including multiple matches, will be hosted by the country’s St. Petersburg Stadium. Russia’s partners in the ‘B’ group are Belgium, Denmark, and Finland. BBC, ESPNFC, Goal.com