New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from Olympics for four years over doping, AFP reported on Monday. As a result, they will be barred from taking part in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan and 2022 Winter Olympics to held in Beijing, China.

The ban was inflicted after a crucial meeting that was held in Lausanne. The executive committee approved a recommendation by its compliance review committee that Russia be handed a four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over to investigators earlier this year. 

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Speaking to AFP, a spokesperson for WADA said: "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.

Russian government officials would be barred from attending major events while the country has lost the right to host or even bid for tournaments. 

The International Olympic Committee had earlier hinted the ban by releasing statement that read, "It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible."

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The ruling means Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as neutrals, but only if they can prove that they were not part of state-sponsored 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," the spokesperson said.

Earlier an independent Mclaren report, released in 2016, revealed the significant amount of state-sponsored doping in Russia between 2011-15.

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