WADA says Russian Federation still non-compliant

WADA says Russian Federation still non-compliant

WADA says Russian Federation still non-compliant

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius were also declared non-compliant at the WADA meeting.

WADA's decision "has nothing to do with sport or the fight against doping", Igor Lebedev, deputy speaker of the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, said Thursday on Twitter.

Russian Federation had a request to have their compliance restored after two years restored rejected because of their failure to acknowledge the WADA-commissioned McLaren Reports which alleged state-sponsored doping in the build-up and during the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

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

WADA has demanded that Russia "publicly accept" the findings of an independent commission, which concluded that the scheme to obscure positive dope-test results involved about 1,000 Russian athletes from 2011-2015.

The upholding of the suspension raises the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

At the meetings held in Seoul, WADA also approved an International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which specifies a range of sanctions and procedures when sports organisations or countries are not compliant with the international anti-doping regulations they have signed.

The country was excluded from participating under their own flag at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It refused to reinstate RUSADA saying that the agency is non-complaint with WADA's code.

The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russia's secret service and sports ministry of orchestrating a plot that included using a "mousehole" to replace dirty samples at the Sochi doping laboratory.

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?"

Russia escaped a blanket ban before Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil past year when the International Olympic Committee allowed individual sports federations to determine the eligibility of the athletes.

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