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The World Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that Russia has been banned from international sport for four years, including the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup.
“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie. Russia has three weeks to appeal the decision.
Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics after reports of systemic doping in the country, however, certain athletes were permitted to compete as “Authorized Neutral Athletes.” Russian athletes won 17 medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea, including two golds, though no Russian flags were raised during the medal ceremony and there was no playing of the State Anthem of the Russian Federation.
A similar scenario is likely to play out in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee’s president, Thomas Bach, pushed back against the "blanket ban" on all Russian athletes that some in the WADA and elsewhere have been calling for. Bach has recently reiterated his stance on finding a balance between “individual justice” and “collective punishment.”
It will ultimately be up to the IOC on what Russia's punishment will be, and then likely United World Wrestling will be charged with executing the details of that punishment. That probably won't change much with regards to wrestling at the Summer Games. Russia will still qualify athletes in the normal manner, they just won't have Russian flags on their singlets and warmups. Those athletes will have to go through WADA approved PED testing.
Of greater consequence is the ban on hosting international events. Russia is scheduled to host the 2022 World Championships in Krasnoyarsk. Because UWW signed the global anti-doping code, they would be obliged to move the championships to a new location outside of Russia.