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World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

Olympic flag / Source: International Olympic Committee
Olympic flag / Source: International Olympic Committee
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 5:57 AM EST
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Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

(AP) -- The Russian flag and national anthem have been banned from the Olympics and other major sports events for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Russia's hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the WADA executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions for 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 their data was not manipulated.

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