Russia is banned from competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as other top sporting events, due to new doping charges against athletes.
Today it was announced that Russian athletes cannot compete in next year's summer Olympics, the 2022 soccer World Cup, and the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) barred the country from competing if Russian athletes are convicted of using performance enhancing drugs. Athletes are however allowed to compete in major Olympic events "if they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling" (Fox News).
Russian athletes were exposed for doping when evidence that "Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases" came to light.
Russia's anti-doping agency has twenty-one days to appeal the ruling, which they plan to do. The WADA noted that the "entire fiasco created by Russia has cheated far too many athletes of their dreams and rightful careers, for far too long.”
The investigation, conducted by WADA, exposed the "flagrant manipulation," and an insult to the sporting and Olympic community. The WADA however cannot entirely ban Russia from the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter games.
Russia is a notorious powerhouse in sports, particularly in the Olympics, and the new ban will undoubtedly rock the nation. Russia was also involved in doping scandals in 2015 when the WADA uncovered evidence of mass doping among Russian athletes.