2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia will not take part at the 2022 edition following a four-year ban from all global sports imposed on Monday by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The decision was made in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The suspension comes after a doping scandal involving several athletes from the European country in 2014.
This means Russia will not be able to compete as a team at next year’s Olympic games and at 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.
However, they can participate at Euro 2020 in which St Petersburg will be a host city. This is because the European football’s governing body Uefa is not defined as a ‘major event organisation’ with regards to rulings on anti-doping breaches.
Meanwhile, Russia has 21 days to appeal against the ban, and if it does so, the appeal will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).