Russia banned from using its name, flag at next 2 Olympics

Russia has been banned from using its name, flag and anthem at the next two Olympics or at any world championships for the next two years over doping allegations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling also blocks Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years.

Russian athletes and teams will still be allowed to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, as well as world championships including the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar, if they are not implicated in doping or covering up positive tests — but not they cannot represent Russia. They’ll compete under international symbols.

The punishments are less than the four-year ban the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had proposed.

The case centers on accusations that Russian state authorities tampered with a database from the Moscow testing laboratory before handing it over to WADA investigators last year.

— AP