Russia has moved a step closer to competing at track and field events after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) received a recommendation to reinstate RUSADA, the country’s anti-doping agency.
"Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) delivered a recommendation to go to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency when the ExCo meets next on 20 September," the statement read.
RUSADA has been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed doping.
WADA said the committee had reviewed a letter from the Russian Sports Ministry it said had "sufficiently acknowledged the issues identified in Russia," thus fulfilling the first of two remaining criteria for its reinstatement.
"For the second outstanding criterion, the CRC accepted that the new commitment to provide access to the data and samples in the Moscow laboratory to WADA via an independent expert would be sufficient to justify reinstatement," WADA added in the statement.