Russia Banned from 2020, 2022 Olympic Games

By Jeremy Del Nero on 9 December 2019
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The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from Olympic Games and world sports for four years as punishment for a state-run doping program.

The scheme involved dozens of Olympic athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics including 14 medal winners.

The move means that Russia will be unable to display its flag or name or have its anthem performed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Peking.  Russian athletes who are not implicated in the doping scandal will be able to compete in the Olympics and other world championships, albeit under a neutral flag.

The agency also barred Russian sports and government officials from the two Olympic Games and prohibited the country from hosting any international sporting events.

“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” said Craig Reedie, the agency’s president, at a news conference. “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin 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.”

In 2016, the former director of Russia’s anti-doping lab, Grigory Rodchenkov, revealed he had given dozens of athletes at the Sochi games banned performance-enhancing drugs and that anti-doping officials and Russian intelligence agents in Sochi had surreptitiously replaced the urine samples of those athletes with clean samples taken months earlier.

Russia won the most medals at the Winter Games that year.

The World Anti-Doping Agency was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed.  It is funded by the sport movement and governments of the world and focuses on research, education, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code.

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