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Russian anti-doping CEO says track team set to miss worlds

Last Updated Sep 20, 2019 at 11:35 am PST

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo, an employee walks into the building of the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Russia is "optimistic" ahead of a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling Tuesday Jan. 22, 2019, on whether the country's authorities met demands to turn over lab data. The WADA executive committee reinstated Russia's anti-doping agency in September 2018 on condition the country turned over data from a Moscow laboratory. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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Rusia's anti-doping agency CEO predicts the country's track team won't be reinstated before upcoming world championships

Russian track team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping

MOSCOW — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency has predicted that the country’s track team won’t be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships.

The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are allowed to compete as neutral athletes. The last chance for reinstatement before the world championships is the IAAF council on Monday, four days before the championships begin.

Russian anti-doping agency CEO Yuri Ganus tells Russia’s state Tass news agency that “all the information I have, which I can’t reveal, speaks to the (Russian track federation) not being reinstated.”

He points to ongoing analysis of data from the Moscow anti-doping lab and an investigation into suspended high jumper Daniil Lysenko as reasons to delay reinstatement again.

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