WADA says Russian Federation still non-compliant

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WADA says Russian Federation still non-compliant

WADA's decision, taken today in Seoul, raised the spectre of a possible ban of the Russian team from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Putin personally oversaw the $50 billion preparations for the Sochi Games, the most expensive in Olympic history. According to a senior official, the state is aware of current problems.

Russian Federation faces an all-out ban from the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, with the International International Olympic Committee set to rule on Russia's participation in early December.

Russian athletes may be only allowed to compete as neutrals at the Olympics due to doping allegations.

The state-run media holding VGTRK told the Interfax news agency that its channels will not broadcast the Olympics if the Russian national team is banned, confirming press reports that appeared earlier Friday. "They forget that we'll react to any pressure and especially unfair treatment like Russians do, we'll rally together". The International Olympic Committee's Executive Board will announce its decision on the Russian athletes' participation in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang on December 5.

WADA has demanded that Russia "publicly accept" the findings of an independent commission, which concluded that the scheme to obscure positive dope-test results involved about 1,000 Russian athletes from 2011-2015.

WADA rejected Russia's reinstatement because technical requirements had not been met, he said.

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