RUSSIA has been banned from major international sporting events for four years after being found guilty of manipulating laboratory doping data, according to reports.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is said to have confirmed the punishment in Lausanne after considering recommendations from its independent compliance review committee (CRC).

The judgement means Russia will be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar.