LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Russia was slapped today with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summers Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors.
The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agencys executive committee means that Russias flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports.
The sanctions are the harshest punishment yet for Russian state authorities who were accused of tampering with a Moscow laboratory database. Russias anti-doping agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days an action it has signaled it would take.
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