DOHA – Russia will miss the world athletics championships for the second time in a row after the sport's governing body the IAAF extended the ban against country's federation on Monday.
The IAAF confirmed the decision four days before the start of the competition in Qatar after hearing a report from its Task Force (TF) overseeing Russia’s reinstatement efforts.
Earlier on Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)revealed that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies”, also putting Russia's participation at the Tokyo Olympics under threat.
"We are aware of the allegations of manipulation of the data and that an investigation is ongoing," said Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF Task Force.
"In the light of that TF recommended that RUSAF not be reinstated and the IAAF council unanimously agreed."