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Competitions Russia can still participate in despite four-year ban

Last updated 8 months ago | By Ondeke Joshua

A man carries the Russian flag past the Olympic rings at the Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 22, 2014 [Courtesy]

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday, December 9 banned Russia from all major global sporting events for four years over manipulated doping data.

This spells doom for Russian sport, as the country will now sit out next year’s Olympics in Tokyo as well as the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

The ban has prompted an angry response from Russia President Vladimir Putin, who said Moscow had grounds to appeal WADA’S decision barring Russia from major sporting events, a move he said violated the Olympic charter.

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Russia, will however, breathe a sigh of relief since they can still in one major competition.

The ban does not affect the county’s participation in Euro 2020, which will see Saint Petersburg's host four matches is not affected since UEFA Euros are not defined as a "major events" for anti-doping purposes.

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Russian sportsmen and women will be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as neutrals.

This will only happen if they are successful in demonstrating they were not part of what WADA believes was a State-sponsored doping system.

Russia will still be allowed to compete in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. However, should they progress to the finals in Qatar they will not be representing the Russian Federation, according to WADA director general Olivier Niggli.

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