In this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, Russia's Maria Abakumova competes in the women's javelin final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP/David J. Phillip/FILE)
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The governing body of world athletics Friday maintained Russia's ban from track and field over mass doping, just 10 days before the start of the European Championships in Berlin.The Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA must also be reinstated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), with a key requirement being the acknowledgement by Moscow that ministry of sport officials orchestrated the doping of Russian athletes.Russia had also been banned from the Olympic movement over the doping scandal culminating at the 2014 Russian-hosted Sochi Winter Games.A team of 168 Russians competed in this year's Pyeongchang Winter Games under the neutral banner of "Olympic Athletes from Russia," although a Russian curling medallist tested positive for a banned substance.
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