Rus­sia sanc­tions will stay in place

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Track and field’s gov­ern­ing body is not ready to lift Rus­sia’s sus­pen­sion from com­pe­ti­tions as the coun­try fails to fully ac­cept the find­ings of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into its state-spon­sored dop­ing scheme.

The meet­ing of IAAF mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions in London on Thurs­day will be asked to main­tain the ban on Rus­sia that was im­posed in 2015 af­ter World Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard McLaren ex­posed how failed drug tests were cov­ered up.

Rune An­der­sen, the IAAF's Rus­sia task force chair­man, wants as­sur­ances that the McLaren re­port’s find­ings “have been prop­erly ac­knowl­edged and ad­dressed, and there will be no rep­e­ti­tion.”

The Rus­sian ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion “has not yet demon­strated to the sat­is­fac­tion of the task force that it has es­tab­lished a strong anti-dop­ing cul­ture within its sport, or that it has cre­ated an open en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages whis­tle-blow­ing,” An­der­sen added in a re­port Mon­day to the IAAF Coun­cil.

The 19 Rus­sians com­pet­ing at the world cham­pi­onships in London, which be­gin Fri­day, were cleared to com­pete as neu­trals af­ter the IAAF as­sessed their his­tory of drug test­ing.

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