UKAD call for 'strongest possible sanctions' from WADA on Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) must impose the "strongest possible sanctions" on Russia for its state-sponsored doping, the UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) said on Friday.

The WADA executive committee are due to meet in Paris on Monday to discuss sanctions against Russian athletics, with UKAD calling for WADA to "go further" than proposed suggestions that included a four-year ban on hosting major events.

"We believe WADA should implement a total ban of Russian athletes in all competitions until the international community of athletes, sports bodies and supporters have confidence that cheating on this scale has been eliminated and that integrity in sport can begin to be restored," UKAD said in a statement.

WADA's compliance review committee said last week that Russian athletes should be forced to compete as neutral participants at next year's Olympics in Tokyo and other major events. Other recommendations included a ban on flying the country's flag at major competitions.

UKAD also called on the International Paralympic and Olympic committees and all International Federations to impose sanctions on Russia.

"As a result of the systematic and institutional Russian doping scandal, many athletes from many nationalities have had their medals, moment on the podium and health violated, and many Russian athletes have fallen victim to an oppressive doping system," UKAD added.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency was first suspended in 2015 after a WADA investigation showed evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping across multiple sports.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.