MONACO—Russia has been given five more months to fix a “seriously deficient” plan to combat doping in track and field, World Athletics said Saturday.
Track’s world governing body said Russia’s deadline was moved from Sept. 30 to March 1. A World Athletics task force reported the Russian track federation, known as RusAF, had so few experienced staff that it couldn’t compose an adequate road map for lifting a doping suspension which has been in place nearly five years.
“Although the draft plan was better than what has come before (in particular, in acknowledging the doping culture in Russian athletics, and in identifying some of the systemic issues that have to be addressed to change that culture), it is nevertheless seriously deficient and does not meet most of the requirements,” the task force said in a statement.
“The task force could not possibly provide feedback that would facilitate turning this product