Russian athletes will remain banned from international competitions after the IAAF today upheld the country's suspension into 2019.

The world athletics' governing body banned Russia three years ago because of evidence of state-sponsored doping.

It is the ninth time the IAAF has turned down Russia's appeal for reinstatement and the ruling means Russian athletes will not be able to compete under their own flag at the European Indoor Championships in February. 

The ban will remain in place until samples and data from Moscow's former anti-doping laboratory are made available.

However, athletes who have met the IAAF doping review board's drug-testing criteria will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag in Glasgow.