A Doping Scandal Bans Russia From Participating In The 2020 Olympics. Russia was involved in a doping scandal back in 2016. The scandal seems to continue as the World Anti-Doping Agency digs something new. This new evidence bans the country from participating in the Olympics for the next four years. Not only the Olympics but the athletes of Russia will be banned from participating in any international sports. The World Cup coming up in 2022 can also face the blow as well.
The Straight Outright Ban
In 2018, at the Winter Olympics Russian athletes were asked to perform as “neutral” athletes. This competition was held in Pyeongchang. It turns out that the punishment might be similar in 2020 as well. In this punishment, the Russian flag, along with its anthem and name, will be forbidden. Not only this the government officials, along with Russian sports members, are also forbidden from attending any international event.
The athletes who were not involved in the scandal will get their names cleared individually. There will include a separate vetting of the doping histories of these athletes. The punishment might be new, but it has direct links to the previous ban in 2016. Back in the day, a referee was exposed to a doping program. This is what led Russia to be successful in the Sochi Olympics of 2014.
Early this year, Russia was on an agreement to hand over the testing results. This was a part of the deal which allowed the country to participate in international competitions in 2018. However, WADA investigators were of the notion that the evidence was tampered with. There was a large swath that was either deleted or altered in the results.
The investigators also declared that there were several messages that were fake messages that were planted. They believed that the evidence was planted to frame the referee Grigory Rodchenkov. There are several officials who however deny these allegations. The country is also all set to bring forth an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.