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'Punishment cannot be collective and affect those people who have nothing to do with certain violations': Russian president Vladimir Putin says country have 'reason to appeal' four-year WADA ban WADA issued Russia a four-year ban from international sporting competition The anti-doping agency believes the country tampered with doping tests But Putin has claimed the collective punishment should instead be individual Russia has 21 days to respond to the proposed sanctions from WADA 

By Jamie Gardner, Pa Chief Sports Reporter

Published: 11:27 GMT, 10 December 2019 | Updated: 11:27 GMT, 10 December 2019

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Russian president Vladimir Putin has said his country have 'reason to appeal' against the four-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

WADA's executive committee unanimously accepted a recommendation from its independent compliance review committee on Monday to impose sanctions on Russia.

They include barring teams under a Russian flag from competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2020 and 2022 and the football World Cup in 2022, among other global sporting events.

Vladimir Putin believes Russia have 'reason to appeal' against the ban imposed by WADA

Vladimir Putin believes Russia have 'reason to appeal' against the ban imposed by WADA

The country would also be blocked from hosting international sporting competitions. Individual athletes may be able to compete in events if they can prove they are not implicated or affected by the manipulated laboratory data which led to the sanctions being imposed.

Russia has 21 days to respond to the proposed sanctions, and the most powerful man in the country has already indicated an appeal will be lodged.

Putin told the TASS news agency: 'We have all the reasons to file an appeal to CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport).

'There are other considerations as well, but it is important that this issue is analysed by specialists, lawyers who would talk with our partners having this knowledge.'

WADA's four-year ban on Russia means no teams can compete internationally under their flag

WADA's four-year ban on Russia means no teams can compete internationally

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