Russian Federation still 'not compliant' over doping as Olympics loom

The World Anti Doping Authority has declined to lift its suspension of Russia after a doping scandal

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius were also declared non-compliant at the WADA meeting. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to decide on Russia's fate at an executive board meeting next month in Lausanne in Switzerland.

Russia's hopes of competing in the Winter Olympics suffered a major blow after the World Anti-Doping Agency ruled that the country was yet to fulfill two key demands that Moscow said have a "political character".

McLaren's investigation found that Russian Federation doped more than 1,000 Olympic athletes in 30 sports between 2011 and 2015, tainting the country's results at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the 2013 world track and field championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The finding throws into doubt whether Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

"It is a sensitive issue, and we are waiting for IOC's official decision for now".

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Following WADA's ruling, the new head of Russia's anti- doping agency RUSADA said today his organisation would continue "the huge amount" of work it has done in recent months.

The committee pointed to two specific criteria: Russian authorities public acceptance of the reported results of the McLaren Investigations and access for "appropriate entities" to the samples and data in the Moscow Laboratory.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov pointed to improvements within RUSADA, and insisted it was independent of state control as he pleaded for the agency to be reinstated. A 2016 report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period.

But suspicions remain. Foundation Board member Adam Pengilly asked how WADA could "trust" Russia's new anti-doping regime "until there is a real acknowledgement of what happened?" However, the International Olympic Committee this month stripped two Russian athletes of one gold and four silver medals won in Sochi after ruling that they'd violated anti-doping rules, and said that cases against other competitors would be heard over the next few weeks.

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