World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman delivers a keynote speech during the International Anti-Doming Seminar in Asia and Oceania in Tokyo on January 28, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA
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The chief of the world's anti-doping organisation said Thursday it could take months before Russia re-establishes a credible anti-doping body following allegations of state involvement in the practice.Russia was banned from international competitions by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission found evidence of "state-sponsored" doping in the countryThe country's anti-doping body RUSADA was declared non-compliant by WADA after it was discovered that positive drug tests had been covered up and samples destroyed.U.K. Anti-Doping, Britain's anti-doping body, has offered to send experts to Russia to drug-testing programs across all sports in Russia.Howman also said that whether Russian athletes can participate in the Olympics is "not our decision" but one to be made by the International Olympic Committee.
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