Ban for doping means Russia will miss Olympics and World Cup but will be able to play at Euro 2020 next summer, reports Max Liu
"Russia are big outsiders to win Euro 2020 at 119/1120.00 but will fancy their chances of getting out of a group that contains Belgium, Denmark and Finland, and reaching the knockout stages."
Russia has been banned from international sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for four years for doping offences. It is the most severe sanction yet against the country which is accused of running a doping programme and deleting laboratory evidence.
The ban means Russia will miss next summer's Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup in Qatar two years later.
Russia's Euro 2020 participation not affected
Last year, Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup and the national team reached the quarter-finals before losing to Croatia. Now the Russians are set to miss the next World Cup, and its qualifying rounds, in Qatar in 2022.
But Russia will be able to play at Euro 2020 next summer, for which they have qualified, and will be one of the host countries. They are among the outsiders to win the tournament at 119/1120.00 but will fancy their chances of getting out of a group that contains Belgium, Denmark and Finland, and reaching the knockout stages.
The ban imposed on Russia by WADA applies to global competition and does not cover territorial competitions, such as Euro 2020 of European Championship athletics. Individual Russian athletes, meanwhile, will be able to compete under a neutral banner at the Olympics if they prove they're drug free. At this year's World Athletics Championships, 30 Russian athletes competed as "Authorized Neutral Athletes".
Russia have 21 days to appeal the ban but WADA's president Sir Craig Reedie said: "For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial."