WADA: Russia still 'non-compliant' with anti-doping code

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The World Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday refused to lift its suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, putting into doubt that country's participation in next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Russian Federation has depicted the doping program that marred the 2014 Games in Sochi as the work of individuals, not the government.

WADA declared on Thursday that RUSADA remained non-compliant with criteria that the body outlined in a "Road to Compliance" set out after allegations surfaced of state-sponsored doping in Russian sport. The move by Wada...

"Western manipulators are abusing their influence over worldwide organizations and playing on our nerves" by leaving Russian participation in doubt, Mikhail Degtyarev, head of the sports, youth and tourism committee in the Duma, said, according to the Sport Express newspaper.

The IOC has said it will decide on Russia's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea during its executive board meeting being held from December 5-7. 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.

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"We accept the fact our national anti-doping system has failed". 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.

Yuri Ganus, director general of RUSADA, said the agency had done everything ii could to be reinstated apart from two criteria that had not been met and were out of its control. "I guarantee RUSADA will be fully independent, it is a totally new organisation".

Progress has been made and WADA has them the right to collect samples.

Last week, WADA also said they had obtained an "enormous" internal database of Russian drug test results from 2012-2015.

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius had also been found non-compliant by the Board, it added.

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