The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from world sporting events for the next four years.
This means the country’s flag and national anthem are forbidden from the Olympics and other major sports events.
Russia will also not be able to participate at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Its 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.
Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in major events only if they are not implicated in positive doping tests or their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling.
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