Russia to miss FIFA 2022 World Cup after being served four-year ban on international events
Russia to miss FIFA 2022 World Cup after being served four-year ban on international events
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Russia to miss FIFA 2022 World Cup after being served four-year ban on international events

Russia will not feature in the 2022 World Cup following a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The ban means the country will not feature in the 2020 Olympics as well as the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The decision was reached on Monday following a special seating by the body's executives, which was done close to the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Russia is said to have falsified laboratory data linked to its state-sponsored ­cheating at events, which included the London Olympics. 

The country is expected to appeal the decision, and they will have 21 days to do so through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, the ban will not affect next year's EURO 2020 tournament, which Russia has qualified and will host a number of matches in St Petersburg.

This is because UEFA is not regarded as a major world event as it only brings together teams from the larger Europe continent. 

The country successfully hosted the last World Cup tournament, reaching the quarter-finals as France lifted the title. 

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