By Nji Nelson Chefor

Sports Writer, Cameroon.


Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting activities by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The four years ban means that, the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games and 2022 FIFA Football World Cup to take place in Qatar.

However, athletes who can prove they are not involve in the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.

The executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency made the unanimous decision in a meeting which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The decision comes after Russia’s Anti Doping Agency was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.

A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.


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