Russia are set to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after being handed a four-year ban
from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WADA ruled Russia should be punished for manipulating laboratory data after the doping scandal that has rocked sport.
Their executive committee concluded Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify cheats.
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The WADA board convened for a special meeting on Monday close to the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and ruled unanimously in favour of the global ban.
It is the most severe punishment yet connected to the cheating scheme, which peaked at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
However, the football team is set to be clear to compete in Euro 2020 with Zenith Saint Petersburg a host city as the competition is organised by UEFA, who are not defined as a
“major event organisation” with regards to anti-doping breaches.