The World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] has banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The ban, which was imposed on Monday, followed accusation of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory by Moscow authorities.
Speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, WADA spokesman, James Fitzgerald, said that the full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted.
“WADA’s executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years,” he added.
The ruling means Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as neutrals, but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.
“They are going to have prove they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, (that) they were not involved in the doping schemes as described by the McLaren report, or they did not have their samples affected by the manipulation,” Fitzgerald said.
The McLaren report released in 2016 had independently revealed significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia between 2011-15.