Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Russia will not be Able to Participate in the World Cup under its Flag
December 9, 2019 20:10


If the Russian national team is selected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Russian athletes will have to compete under a neutral flag. This was announced at a press conference by the chairman of the Compliance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Jonathan Taylor, Reuters reports.

“If they come out [for the World Cup], the team representing Russia will not be able to participate. But if you use the appropriate mechanism, they can apply for participation on a neutral basis, and not as representatives of Russia,” Taylor said. At the same time, the new WADA head Vitold Banka, who will take office on January 1, said   that sanctions against Russia would not apply to the 2020 European Football Championship. The national team will be able to play in the final part of the championship, and St. Petersburg will not be deprived of the right to host four matches of the tournament.

At the last World Cup in 2018, the Russian team reached the quarterfinals, where they lost to Croatia in the penalty shoot-out. Russian football players did not participate in the selection for the championship, since Russia was the host of the tournament.

On Monday, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)  deprived Russia of the right to participate in major international competitions for four years, including the Olympics. The anti-doping agency also banned Russian officials and leaders of the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committees from attending sports events.

The WADA Compliance Committee recommended that Russia should be removed from sporting events for anti-doping rule violations. Russian athletes will be able to participate in such tournaments only under the neutral flag, if they prove that they were not involved in the doping scandal. The BBC reported that members of the organization’s athletes committee considered the decision to allow “clean” athletes to participate under the neutral flag incorrect and called for the complete removal of Russian athletes from participating in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and Beijing in 2022.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: sports World Cup 2018    

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Buzz Barometer: Mikhail Fridman May Prove Too Tough a Nut For UK Govt - FT Six New Beaches Will Be Ready For Moscow Summer Russia Set a Record For Chocolate Exports Central Bank Approved Credit Lines For Several Russian Banks Russia may Lose Its First Place in the Medal Standings of the Olympics in Sochi 2014

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter      submit

Moscow Region  propaganda  Russian Cinema  Installations  History Exhibitions  Arkhangelsk  Darwin Museum  Zerkalo (The Mirror)  Moscow planetarium  Russian Church  Peter I  Gonets  Nizhny Novgorod  Baikal  Russian economy  Buzz Barometer  Exhibitions in Moscow  Russian science  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Flights to the Mars  Book Tickets for Ballet  FC Zenit St Petersburg  Barnaul  Russian fashion  Saint Petersburg  Yakutia  Mercury  Polytechnical Museum  Yaroslavl   Anichkov Bridge  St. Petersburg  Pskov airport  Russian tourism  Russian business  Pobeda  Sheremetyevo  Valentin Pikul  Yuri Kuklachev Cats Theatre  Moisey Feigin  Mikhail Dashevsky  Red Square  Unemployment  meteorite rain  Ufa  Andrei Bitov  Moscow  US sanctions  Video  Suzdal  Russian scientists 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites