Russia's doping record and flawed anti-doping agency would make the country unfit to stage the World Cup if hosting rights were awarded today, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
This is because the agency, RUSADA, remain non-compliant with WADA's code. Russia's ongoing refusal to admit to state-sponsored doping is one reason Russia remain non-compliant.
The code, in effect, determines which nations take anti-doping seriously and which don't. Clause 20.3.11 of the code says no world championships or international event bids can be accepted from non-compliant nations.
Russia's doping record and flawed anti-doping agency would the country unfit to stage the World Cup if hosting rights were awarded today, according to WADA
FIFA awarded the World Cup to Russia in 2010 before it was known Russia was behind state-sponsored doping and cover-ups
A WADA spokeswoman pointed the Mail on Sunday towards 20.3.11 in response to questions about FIFA's handling of their investigation into Russian football doping.
The WADA spokeswoman added: 'Please note that FIFA awarded the World Cup to Russia prior to RUSADA being declared non-compliant with the Code.'
In other words, because FIFA awarded the World Cup to Russia in 2010 before it was known Russia was behind state-sponsored doping and cover-ups, the current WADA code does not mean Russia are unsuitable hosts.
FIFA insist they have done everything possible to investigate at least 34 cases of alleged Russian football doping brought to their attended by WADA appointed investigators in December 2016.
WADA say FIFA have followed correct protocols in not yet finding individual footballers guilty of anti-doping violations - but said the process is not finished
As revealed by the MoS last week, FIFA have had documentary evidence dating back that far that shows Russian footballers were the beneficiaries of doping cover-ups.
WADA say FIFA have