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Russia plans to file appeal against Olympic ban

Russia were handed a four-year ban by WADA from using its flag, anthem and team names at major sporting events earlier this month. Misha Friedman/Getty Images

Russia has signaled it will file an appeal against its four-year Olympic ban due to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions.

The Russian anti-doping agency's supervisory board voted on Thursday to file an arbitration case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. It's subject to confirmation by other officials but that appears only a formality.

Senior political figures including President Vladimir Putin had earlier signaled support for the move.

Earlier this month, WADA imposed a four-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem and team names at Olympic and other major sports events.

The ban means Russia will be unable to formally compete in next summer's Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Other major events that fall during the four-year period include world championships and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

WADA issued the ban after its executive committee concluded that officials in a Moscow anti-doping laboratory had tampered with data.