Leaders from 19 NADOs held a special summit to discuss the fallout from the second part of Richard McLaren’s report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which showed large scale, state-sponsored, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.
These included the exclusion of Russian sports organisations from all international competition, with a uniform process for athletes to compete as neutrals, until there is substantive progress in reform efforts; the removal of all major international competitions from the country and a moratorium on the awarding of new competitions to Russia.
More than 100 Russian athletes were barred from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) set criteria for Russian athletes to meet, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events.
Russia's athletics ban has continued into 2017 and may include the August world championships after a task force monitoring the nation's anti-doping programme refused last month to put any dates on a ‘road map’ for a return.
Russia will no longer the host bobsleigh world championships in Sochi in March 2018 and a speed skating event scheduled for Chelyabinsk in the same month by the governing bodies of the respective sports