Russia banned from international sports competition due to doping, will miss Tokyo Olympics

Russia banned from Olympics, international sports due to doping

Russia will not be permitted to compete in any major international sporting events for the next four years due to doping.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, or Wada, made the ruling Monday that will prevent Russian athletes from competing for their home country in events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the BBC reported.

The decision was unanimous after Russia’s Anti Doping Agency manipulated data given to investigators earlier this year, the BBC reported.

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Russia was forced to give the investigators information after it had been reinstated last year after being suspended for doping.

Those athletes who were not part of the doping investigation will still be able to compete, but will be unaffiliated, The Washington Post reported.

They were also permitted to compete in last year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, The New York Times reported.

Russian officials are expected to appeal the decision, the Times reported.

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (David J. Phillip/AP/David J. Phillip/AP)