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>> As February's Winter Olympics loom, a major blow for Russia and it's hopes for competing.>> We regret that RUSADA is not yet compliant.>> The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA ruled on Thursday that the country's failed to clean up it's sporting system.>>
> Russia's anti-doping body has been suspended since 2015, after evidence emerged of a state sponsored doping regime in the country.
After that, WADA set out a road map regain it's status. Thursday's ruling means though some measures have been taken, it hasn't done enough. And Jermaine's quote non compliant with WADA's code. Russian authorities reacting angrily to the news calling the decision political. They've so far refused to acknowledge the findings of 2015.
And President Putin has previously suggested the allegations were an attempt to sow discontent ahead of Russia's presidential elections. Russia escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but remains barred from international athletic events. The latest decision will likely put pressure on the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games completely, and it may not be shy to do so.
The IOC has already banned six cross-country skiers this month, after accusations of widespread doping and sample tampering at the 2014 games in Sochi.