WADA bans Russia for four years including 2020 Olympics over doping controversy

The nation has 21 days to appeal the decision

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony (Getty)

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has handed Russia a four-year ban over continued doping issues that will exclude the nation from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The decision means major sporting events will not allow Russia, its flag or its anthem to be included. However, its athletes will still be allowed to compete, including road and track cyclists, as long as they have not been tainted by the recent problems, it is believed.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.