Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup

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Athletes will not be allowed to compete under the Russian flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics or Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria”.”It is obvious that significant doping problems still exist in Russia, I mean our sporting community,” he said. “This is impossible to deny.

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