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World Anti-Doping Agency imposes four-year ban on Russia

The Russian flag and national anthem have been banned from next year’s Tokyo Olympics and other major sports events for four years. Russia’s hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions as punishment for state authorities 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 if their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling.

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