The ban on Russia's track and field athletes from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was upheld Thursday following accusations that the country ran a widespread, government-aided doping program.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that a previous ban instated in June by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would be upheld.
But Russia's sportsmen and women are still awaiting what could be the most damning blow of all, as an IOC ruling expected Sunday will determine whether or not the entire national team will be excluded from the Rio games.
Any absence from the global showcase of sporting prowess would be a massive setback for any country's athlete, but what could the cost be for Russia? CNBC takes a look.