Russian athletes wear neutral uniforms at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo: Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images

A World Anti-Doping Agency committee recommended a sweeping four-year international sports ban for Russia, which would impact its participation in next year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The ban stems from the discovery that multiple positive drug tests were deleted by Russian officials from a database during the agency's investigation into the massive doping scandal that broke in 2016.

What's next: A final ruling on the recommendations — which are expected to pass — is anticipated on Dec. 9. Any decision would be subject to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Russian athletes in Tokyo would be forced to wear neutral uniforms and attend medal ceremonies without Russia's flag or national anthem — similar to what took place during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • The ban would extend beyond the Olympics to all sporting bodies that abide by WADA rules, including FIFA — which is holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
  • It would also mean that Russia would be barred from hosting or bidding for international sporting events for the duration of the ban.

The other side: The Times reports that some national doping agencies are expected to criticize the ban, arguing that it doesn't go far enough and still allows Russian athletes to take part in international competition.

Go deeper: Russian hacking group Fancy Bear strikes sports and anti-doping organizations

Go deeper

Updated 59 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage."
  2. Health: Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations. Hospitals face a crush.
  3. Business: Coronavirus testing is a windfall. Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.

Right-wing misinformation machine could gain steam post-election

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

With less than a week until the 2020 election, researchers have expressed concern that the information ecosystem today is ripe for an unprecedented level of exploitation by bad actors, particularly hyper-partisan media and personalities on the right.

Why it matters: The misinformation-powered right-wing media machine that fueled Donald Trump's 2016 victory grew stronger after that win, and it's set to increase its reach as a result of the upcoming election, whether Trump wins or loses.