Russia Banned from the Olympics for Doping

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Matthew Dziadkowicz, Staff Writer

Just last week it was announced that Russia has been banned from any professional Olympic sports for the next four years. This temporary ban includes any sport or enterprise that involves the Olympics.
This unfortunate yet necessary ban is a result of Russia’s use of steroids and doping to enable better performance among Russian Olympians. Doping is when athletes use performance enhancing drugs to help them succeed in a given sport or field of training. Russia being temporarily banned isn’t a surprise to many people as Russia has been banned from the Olympics before for the same reason: illegal doping.
Despite Russia being banned many times, this most likely won’t stop steroid-use around the world as many athletes still continue to rely on performance-enhancing drugs with minimal risk of getting caught. Doping has been a huge problem that has interfered with all sports for many years. Although many athletes get caught for using performance enhancing drugs, there are also many athletes who still use these illegal drugs and don’t get caught.
Due to Russia’s use, their flag will not be allowed to be used at any of the upcoming world sporting events. If Russian athletes want to compete in the Olympics, they won’t be allowed to compete for their country and will have to compete under a neutral flag. Russia is therefore unable to compete in the 2020 Olympics, which is located in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2022 World Cup, which is located in Qatar.
Once those events pass, we’ll find out if Russia has learned their lesson or if doping will continue to be a problem which will reveal and exacerbate the unfair use of steroids in all sports worldwide.