Russia was on the brink of being thrown out of the Winter Paralympics on Saturday night over its ongoing refusal to own up to the biggest drugs scandal in history.
The pressure was also mounting on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the country from Pyeongchang 2018 altogether following the emergence of evidence corroborating the findings of an independent investigation into its state-sponsored doping programme.
The ruling foundation board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) meets on Thursday to decide whether to end the suspension it imposed on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) two years ago.
Declaring Rusada compliant with the Wada code is key to the lifting of the ban on Russia competing at the Winter Games by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
And one of the criteria for Rusada to be declared compliant is the country admitting to the findings of last year’s explosive report into the scandal by Professor Richard McLaren.
President Vladimir Putin even claimed the accusations against the country were part of an attempt by the United States to interfere with its forthcoming presidential election in revenge for his nation’s perceived influence over Donald Trump’s election as the American president.