Russia will not participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled for Qatar and will not take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
On Monday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) board convened for a special meeting in Switzerland and ruled unanimously in favour of the global ban.
This ban has been issued by WADA after finding Russia guilty of manipulating laboratory data. Moscow planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify cheats.
WADA president Craig Reedie was firm in his opinion on Russia’s stance since the doping allegations came to light.
‘Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport,’ said Reedie.
‘But it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.’
A spokesperson for WADA, whose executive committee is meeting in Lausanne, said: “The full list of recommendations has been unanimously accepted.”
Last month, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attributed the discrepancies in the laboratory date to technical issues.
However, Russia has 21 days to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if unsuccessful then they face missing the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well as the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
AS part of the sanctions, Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA has also been stripped of its accreditation for the second time in four years as part of the same doping sanctions.
Meanwhile, despite the suspension, WADA vice-president Linda Helleland told reporters that the ban was ‘not enough’.
‘I wanted sanctions that cannot be watered down. We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible,’ Helleland said.
According to experts on this matter, the International Olympic Committee would be willing to allow Russian athletes who can prove they are clean to compete under a neutral flag, as at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
168 Russian athletes in total competed under the neutral banner at the 2018 Games in South Korea, after the country was banned following their hosting of the 2014 Games in Sochi.