The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) issued a four-year ban on all major sporting events to Russia.
It means that at events like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed.
But under a neutral flag, athletes who can claim they are unaffected by the doping scandal will participate.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia said that the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria.”
“It’s obvious that there are still major problems with doping in Russia, I mean our sports community,” he said. “This can not be denied.
“But on the other hand, the fact that all these decisions are repeated, often affecting athletes who have already been punished in one way or another, not to mention a few other points-this, of course, makes one think that this is part of the chronic anti-Russian hysteria.”
At a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, Wada’s Executive Committee unanimously decided to impose a moratorium on Russia.
This comes after the announcement of non-compliant Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.