Four Russian athletes, including two former Olympic champions, have been charged with doping based on evidence from the bombshell McLaren report.
The Sharks will play two matches against Russia's national team as the Durbanites prepare for the 2020 Super Rugby season.
French midfielder Damien Le Tallec has said in an interview published that he hopes to become a Russian citizen in time to play for the country in next year's Euros.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Kremlin on Wednesday said Russia regrets a proposed four-year blanket ban for the country's athletes over doping but will remain open to cooperation.
Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil led Canada to their maiden Davis Cup final with victory in a deciding doubles rubber against Russia.
Yulia Tarasenko was appointed as interim president of Russia's athletics body following the suspension of previous head Dmitry Shlyakhtin by World Athletics.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged the Russian athletics federation (RUSAF) with "serious breaches" of anti-doping rules, including obstructing an investigation.
Russia closed in on Euro 2020 after Artem Dzyuba's brace helped see off poor Scotland and put his side to within a point of qualification.
Russia has responded in full to all questions raised by the World Anti-Doping Agency concerning "inconsistencies" in data from Moscow's anti-doping laboratory.
World Athletics has fined Russia's track and field federation $10 million for breaching anti-doping rules.
Russia have formally contested its ban from major sporting events over doping violations, the head of its RUSADA anti-doping agency said.
Russia's anti-doping agency will decide whether to launch an appeal against a four-year ban from major sporting events over systematic violations.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday the authorities should get tougher on doping in sport.
A World Anti-Doping Agency panel has recommended Russia be hit with a four-year ban from sporting competition after falsifying laboratory data.
The prospect of Russia being banned from next year's Tokyo Olympics has moved a step closer.
World Athletics announced on Friday that it had suspended the reinstatement process of Russian athletics and was contemplating expelling Russia entirely.
Russia said the national team will not be wearing new Adidas-designed shirts in upcoming Euro-2020 qualifiers after they reversed the colours of the Russian flag.
Russia's anti-doping agency chief Yuri Ganus believes data handed from the Moscow laboratory to the World Anti-Doping Agency has been intentionally manipulated.
Scotland have scored nine tries in thrashing Russia at the Rugby World Cup.
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