Russia has been banned from all major international competitions for the next four years.
Russia Basketball National Team was expected to play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Split against Germany, Mexico, Tunisia, Croatia and Brazil.
Russia’s NT is also expected to play against Italy in Eurobasket 2021 Qualifying Tournament.
Per DW, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday approved a recommendation by its Compliance Review Committee to ban Russia from what it defines as major international competitions for four years. The decision came at a meeting of WADA’s Executive Committee in Lausanne.
Not only will Russian athletes be banned from major competitions but government officials will also be barred from attending such events. Russia will also not be eligible to host or even bid to host major events during the same time period.
However, Russian athletes who can prove to WADA’s satisfaction that they are clean and were not part of what it believes was a state-sponsored system of doping will still be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.
Russia has 21 days to appeal the decision through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.