WADA declares Russian 'non-compliant' with international code

ANI | Updated: Nov 16, 2017 18:00 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov 16 (ANI): The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been declared "non-compliant" with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code on Thursday, which would possibly prevent the country from participating in February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

WADA's decision to maintain suspension of Russia was taken in the Foundation Board meeting in Seoul, where it approved the recommendation of Compliance Review Committee to not reinstate the RUSADA, reported Sports24.

Now, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in an executive board meeting next month in Lausanne, is expected to make a decision on whether the country will be banned from the winter Olympics or not.

A report submitted by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren alleged that Russia's secret service and top sporting authorities conspired to cover up widespread doping, substituting doping-tainted samples with clean ones during the Winter Games in Russia.

Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. While the country's 68 track and field athletes were barred from competing in Rio, 271 Russian athletes were earlier given a clean chit to compete in the Brazilian capital. (ANI)