Two high-profile Tasmanian sporting identities have backed the move to ban Russia from international sport.
Australian Olympic Committee vice-president and Tokyo 2020 chef de mission Ian Chesterman was joined by Tasmanian senator and national Sports Minister Richard Colbeck in supporting the sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Authority executive committee.
Chesterman, of Legana, said the sanction to ban Russia from the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other international competitions for the next four years was an appropriate response to the recommendations of WADA compliance review committee.
"Given the disturbing nature of the findings of the compliance review committee, the sanctions send a powerful message," he said.
"This was a shocking betrayal of fair sport and there are severe consequences for that."
Chesterman, who has also been Australia's Winter Olympic chef de mission six times, said the sporting world must continue every effort to stamp out the scourge of doping and punish those who seek to disadvantage athletes who do the right thing.
"Every athlete deserves to compete with the confidence they are competing in a clean and fair environment.
"The fact that this was a systematic attempt to undermine fair sport makes it all the more galling and all the more offensive.
"While the guilty must be punished, it's only fair that clean athletes from Russia are given the opportunity to compete if they can demonstrate that they were not implicated in any way."
Senator Colbeck, of Devonport, said that, as Oceania's representative on WADA's executive committee, the Australian Government had voted to support the sanctions. They follow earlier revelations of the Russian state-sponsored doping program.
"The WADA investigations revealed a clear and calculated intent to covertly manipulate data within the laboratory information management system, hide evidence and falsely blame others for it," he said.
"Our athletes deserve to compete on a fair and even playing field both domestically and internationally.
"The Australian Government will continue to advocate for clean and fair competition."