Russia Banned from 2020 Olympics by WADA

As 2020 approaches, so does the 2020 summer Olympics, and countries all over the world are preparing for the games. Unfortunately for Russia however, they are now banned from the games.

 

WADA stands for the World Anti-Doping Agency, and their committee voted unanimously to ban Russia from world sporting events for 4 years. This includes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This is due to Russia giving WADA manipulated laboratory data, which is one of their conditions for being reinstated after being in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

 

Russia has the option to appeal the ban, which is what President Vladmir Putin plans to do. According to Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, the ban comes from a ‘Chronic anti-Russian hysteria.’ He claims that the ban is punishing their athletes rather than the country. Although, Russian athletes are still allowed to compete in the games under a neutral flag if they can prove they had no part in the doping scandal.

 

Russia has actually been banned from competing as a nation since 2015 due to their doping scandal. The country was to be reinstated if they handed in official documents providing athletes were clean. Though since the documents were found to be doctored, the ban was placed back into effect.

 

It’s undoubtedly humiliating for Russia to be banned from the games like this, hopefully they’ll be able to participate. Though if they are promoting the use of dope in their athletes, then they really shouldn’t get the chance. As of 12/17/19, Russia has not filed an appeal.