It has been revealed that the World Anti-doping Agency is not satisfied with the measures that have been implemented by the Russian officials in relation to doping claims. For these fears, the body has recommended that Russia should remain banned and should not be allowed to compete in world sports until it implements the necessary measures. This information was revealed by two people who are familiar with the situation. At the same time, these people talked on the condition of anonymity. The sources told the Times that if the agencies decide to stick with the recommendation of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Russian athletes will not be in a position to participate in major events such as the New York City Marathon and other field championships. At the same time, athletes from Russia will be banned from world track championships. Bodies that deal with Paralympics and other track events have said that they will not recertify Russia. In a meeting that will be held in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday this week, it will be announced by the leaders of the anti-doping agency that Russia has refused to comply with the set standards. However, this will be seen more as a symbolic gesture as the body has no authority over the Russian athletes, especially on the penalties that they receive.
This comes at a crucial time as the Winter Olympics Games are around the corner. The events will be held in three months in Pyeongchang, South Korea. However, the two sources revealed that a decision about the fate of Russia would be announced before 5th December. When the Russian anti-doping agency was reached for a comment, it declined to comment. 2015 was the first time that WADA announced that Russia had refused to comply. For Russia to be accepted back, there are some requirements that it must fulfill. For instance, it was told by WADA that it must accept the charges that were brought forward by a Canadian lawyer who was identified as Richard McLaren. The lawyer determined that for the period between 2011 and 2015, over 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in cheating schemes. At the same time, he discovered that these schemes went beyond 30 sports and this was made possible by a government laboratory that was located in Russia. Russia is yet to accept these demands, and it continues to say that its government is currently conducting an investigation of its own.