Technicians Ilya Podolsky and Natalia Bochkaryova work at the Russian anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016 [File: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters]

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has challenged a four-year ban from important sporting events, sending a letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formally stating that it disagrees with their decision.

“In accordance with established procedure, today we have sent a package of documents to [WADA]. The package contains a notice about disagreement with WADA sanctions,” RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told reporters in Moscow on Friday.

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The formal statement of disagreement with WADA will trigger an appeal process against the ban at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Earlier this month, in a move President Vladimir Putin condemned

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