Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) director general Yury Ganus attends a press conference in Moscow on November 16, 2017. AFP / Alexander NEMENOV
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The World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday that Russia remains "noncompliant" with its code, dealing a major blow to its hopes of being cleared to compete at February's Winter Olympics.Russia's anti-doping agency, RUSADA, has been suspended since a 2015 WADA report found evidence of state-sponsored doping and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.The Kremlin slammed WADA's decision as unfair, insisting Russia did not have a state-sponsored doping program.The IOC is set to decide on Russia's participation at its executive board meeting on Dec. 5-7 .A 2016 report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period.
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