WADA, the World Anti-Doping Doping Agency, has approved a proposed ban on Russia from all international sport for the next four years.

The country will not be allowed to compete in or host international events during the ban, which could rule Russia of the 2022 World Cup, as well as various other international events in different sports. Their place at Euro 2020 next summer, however, ​appears to be safe, while St Petersburg is also set to remain a host city for the tournament.

The ban will rule Russia out of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer. Russia will also be out of the next Winter Olympics in 2022, due to be held in Beijing. However, athletes will still be allowed to compete as neutrals if they can prove that they are ‘clean’.

Russia have 21 days to appeal the WADA verdict to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

Under the ban, Russia will not be allowed to bid to host world championships in any sport.

European qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is scheduled to begin in March 2021.

Russia hosted the last World Cup in 2018, reaching the quarter-finals on home soil. The country also reached the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but was eliminated at the group stage without winning a game. Russia also qualified in 1994 and 2002, but missed out in 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Russia were one of the first nations to qualify for Euro 2020, with only Belgium and Italy securing their respective places at the tournament sooner.


By virtue of Euro 2020 games being played in St Petersburg, Russia were automatically drawn into Group B and will face Belgium, Denmark and Finland in a potentially tough group.

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