The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held a news conference to discuss the decision made on Monday to ban Russia from competing in any international sporting events for the next four years, a period that includes the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for tampering with doping-related laboratory data.

The decision by WADA is a serious blow to Russia‘s already tarnished sporting reputation and a disappointment for Russian sportsmen and sportswomen, who will not now be able to perform at the Olympics under their own flag and national anthem.

WADA’s executive committee in Switzerland acted after concluding that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

READ MORE: https://globalnews.ca/news/6271699/russia-banned-doping-data/

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