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Russia has been banned from entering the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World Cup.

Russia has been accused of tampering with the lab results of its athletes and forging alternate doping results.

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from international tournaments by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The ban will see Russia miss the upcoming Olympics set to take place in Tokyo, Japan.

Moreover, the nation will also miss out on the trip to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Although, the Russian athletes who can prove their non-involvement in the scandal will be allowed to participate in the tournaments.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, believes powerful people are involved in the scandal.

“The obvious intent by manipulating the data was to ensure doped athletes were able to escape sanction.

“Now we can never know, and all are necessarily part of the cover-up, as sad as it may seem if there are truly innocent ones. Those in power in Russia threw them all under the bus.”

However, Russia is still allowed to participate in the Euro 2020.

Russian officials have a 21-day time period to appeal over the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.