Russia looks to miss World Indoor Track and Field Championships

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The IAAF says the inspection team monitoring Russia’s anti-doping reforms will report back in late March, meaning the national track team would miss the World Indoor Championships in the United States.

The March 17-20 championships in Portland, Oregon, are the first major competition that Russia would miss under its provisional suspension from the IAAF.

The indefinite ban was imposed last week after Russia was accused by an independent World-Anti-Doping Agency commission of running a state-sponsored doping program.

Russian officials have said they hope to return to competition in less than three months.

But the IAAF said Thursday it has set a date of March 27 — a week after the Portland championships end — for its inspectors to deliver their first report to the governing council.

Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva had said she hoped to return to competition by February after missing all of the 2014 season while having a baby.

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