Russia banned from the Olympics for 4 years
Russia would no longer be a part of next year’s Japan Olympics or the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
The country has been punished by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for not following the right behaviour protocols. Its players were found inadequate to play. It was found that they were using medicines which enhances their stamina. This is against the rules and unfair to other contestants.
Earlier also, they were banned from participating in the Winter Olympics in 2018.
Russia has been a strong contender in the Olympics with the total of 548 medals out of which 120 are gold.
Russia held Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi.
Did you know
The first Olympic Games took place in the 8th century B.C. in Olympia, Greece. They were held every four years for 12 centuries. Then, in the 4th century A.D., all pagan festivals were banned by Emperor Theodosius I and the Olympics were no more. However, the athletic tradition was resurrected about 1500 years later: The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Greece.