WADA bans Russian Federation from global sporting events for four years

The Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg

The Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg

WADA said the decision was unanimous.

Russia's hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the WADA executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions for tampering with a Moscow laboratory database.

Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory had been a key condition of Russia's controversial reinstatement by WADA in September 2018.

Russian Federation have been banned from all major sporting events for the next four years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed.

A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned following the 2014 Games, which it hosted in Sochi.

But WADA's Compliance Review Committee on November 25 accused Russian Federation of falsifying some of the data provided by a Moscow laboratory in January, and proposed imposing a four-year ban on RUSADA and excluding the country from major sporting competitions.

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"I informed the summit participants about the situation in which we find ourselves based on the recommendations of ROC's sports committee members, and foremost, its chairman", Velikaya said, as cited by ROC press-service head Stanislav Pozdnyakov.

Not only will Russian athletes be banned from major competitions but government officials will also be barred from attending such events.

It means the Russian Federation flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The athlete committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency is calling for Russian Federation to be completely banned from the Olympics after the country "made a mockery not only those who play by the rules, but those who create and safeguard them".

If Russia disagrees with the outcome, it has 21 days to protest to the Court of Arbitration Sport, which will have the final say.

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