Members of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee have ruled that Russia be excluded from participating in sporting events for the next four years, including upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, following a meeting at the Hotel de la Paix in Lausanne on Monday, on the Compliance Review Committee's recommendations for RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.
Speaking to the press just after the meeting began, WADA Media Officer James Fitzgerald stated that "the CRC, the WADA investigators concluded that there was manipulation and there was tampering and in some cases, deletion of files," he explained, adding that they suggested "some consequences for the actions of the Russian authorities and also of course to make RUSADA non-compliant for a period of four years."
The review, which was originally due to take place in Paris but was moved due to an imminent general strike, was set to focus on allegations of doping data manipulation by Russian officials and recommend a course of action.
In November, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President-elect Witold Banka vowed strong repercussions for Russia if they were found to have manipulated the anti-doping data.
Russia's Sports Ministry rejected allegations that state authorities were involved in a cover-up, offering its assistance to anti-doping bodies.