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Russia can't play under country's name at 2022 World Cup after WADA ban

Russia's national team will not be able to play at the 2022 World Cup as an official Russian side following doping sanctions that bar the country from major sporting events for four years, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.

WADA imposed a four-year ban on the nation using its flag, anthem and team names at Olympic and other major sports events. Among the major events in the four-year period is the 2022 World Cup.

When asked for clarification on Russia's participation in qualifying and the final tournament itself, a FIFA spokesperson told ESPN: "FIFA has taken note of the decision taken by WADA's executive committee today. FIFA is in contact with WADA and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations to clarify the extent of the decision in regards to football."

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Meanwhile, Jonathan Taylor -- chair of WADA's compliance review committee -- told a news conference: "If they qualify [for the World Cup], a team representing Russia cannot participate.

"But if there is a mechanism put in place, then [clean athletes] can apply to participate on a neutral basis, not as representatives of Russia.

"It will be for FIFA to implement, but they will have to do so in conjunction with WADA. But there will be no flag or anthem."

Euro 2020 is not recognised by WADA as a major event, therefore Russia will still be able to take part in the competition, where its Saint Petersburg Stadium is set to host several games -- including a quarterfinal.

WADA's executive committee took the decision in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday after it concluded Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

One of the conditions for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was suspended in 2015 in the wake of the athletics doping scandal but was reinstated last year, had been that Moscow provides an authentic copy of the laboratory data.

Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov last month attributed the discrepancies in the laboratory data to technical issues.

The punishment leaves the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete at major international sporting events without their flag or anthem for four years, as was the case during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Russia's men's and women's national football teams did not qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

RUSADA has 21 days to appeal the sanctions endorsed by WADA's executive committee, and if it does so, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), WADA has said.

Information from Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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