The World Anti-Doping Agency has voted unanimously to ban Russia from international sport for four years for doping offences.
Russia now have 21 days to appeal against the sentence, which would see the country banned from participating at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo and the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Russia will, however, still compete in next years European football championships, where they will also be one of the host countries.
The punishment is the most severe sanction yet against the country, which has been accused of running a systemic doping programme and deleting crucial laboratory evidence.
Individual Russian athletes, who are able to prove they have not been involved in any doping activity, will be able to compete under an independent banner.
More details to follow.