FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo taken with slow shutter speed, athletes pass the Olympic rings during the men's 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, FILE)
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Russia moved a step closer to being barred from the Winter Olympics in February when the World Anti-Doping Agency declined to lift its suspension of Moscow's national anti-doping body Thursday.WADA has demanded that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren report and allow access to urine samples stored at its Moscow laboratory as part of its "road map" back to compliance.Despite WADA's refusal to readmit Russia, it may not be fatal to the country's chances of competing in Pyeongchang.In 2016, the IOC ignored WADA's calls to ban Russia from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the McLaren report, instead leaving the decision to individual sports bodies.
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