Camera IconThe World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russian Federation from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes.
"There is nothing to reproach the Russian Olympic Committee for and if there is no reproach towards this committee, the country should take part in competitions under its own flag", Putin said.
Going forward, "they can not use the name of the country in the name of the team", WADA president-elect Witold Bańka told The Associated Press.
The country has been entangled in a high-profile doping scheme since 2015, when the WADA found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.
Russia's punishment leaves the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete at major global sporting events without their flag or anthem for the next four years, something they did at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.More news: Reed moves clear as Woods surges in Bahamas
Legal fallout from the WADA ruling seems sure to dominate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 24.
In a separate statement, Russia's Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov said Moscow did everything the WADA demanded although the agency was "constantly increasing demands". The punishment is the result of the scheme that came to light at the 2014 Sochi Olympics where dozens of Russian athletes were involved in a state-run doping program that involved tampering with data to hide positive doping tests.
But the decision also prompted some athletes to speak out against Russian sporting officials, whom they believed had not done enough to reform Russian sport despite repeated warnings.
"FIFA has taken note of the decision taken by WADA's executive committee today". The ban prohibits the country from hosting global events, as per reports. "Sports should stay separate from politics, and strong athletes should compete and represent their country, they should not perform under a neutral flag".
It was told to hand over laboratory data to WADA as a condition of its controversial reinstatement in 2018 after a three-year suspension for the state-sponsored doping scandal.More news: In Final College Football Playoff Rankings Of 2019 Season
The sanctions on RUSADA effectively strip the agency of its accreditation.
Igor Lebedev, a lawmaker and deputy speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, said on Monday the move was a serious blow to Russian sport that required a tough response from Russian authorities, the RIA news agency reported.
"Russian organisations that deal with these issues should consider challenging this decision", Medvedev said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.
"The position of Russia's Olympic Committee remains unchanged - sanctions are inadequate, illogical and excessive", Stanislav Pozdnyakov said. That body was declared non-compliant on Monday, 15 months after it was reinstated by WADA in defiance of athlete opposition.More news: Chiefs’ Bashaud Breeland makes play of the game to beat the Patriots