World athletics bosses have unanimously approved a recommendation to continue Russia's suspension from the sport for its state-sponsored doping.
The International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) council met in London on Monday and was told by the chairman of its independent task force on Russia, Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen, the disgraced sporting superpower had still not met the reinstatement criteria.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Andersen said: 'They really want to meet all the conditions, and they have shown huge progress since we started this journey in November 2015, but there are still issues to be resolved and whether they can do this today or tomorrow, I don't know.'
Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen (far right) says Russia still has issues
Claiming 'material progress' has been made, Andersen said the main issue is that 'no meaningful testing is being conducted' because the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA remains suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and there is little prospect of that changing until November, at the earliest.
While about 1,000 tests have taken place in Russia in the last year, under the supervision of UK Anti-Doping, Andersen said this compares with the more than 18,000 RUSADA used to do.
With the athletics family gathering in the British capital ahead of the 2017 World Athletics Championships, there are other significant hurdles for Russia to clear, though.
Andersen said Russia was still not enforcing the suspension of