The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is set to ban Russia from next's month's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to reports.
The IPC opened suspension proceedings against Russia last month, following the damning revelations in Richard McLaren's report into state-sponsored doping, which outlined a Government-run scheme at Russia's home Sochi 2014 Games.
Its Governing Board made the move following a teleconference, where they ruled that the Russian National Paralympic Committee (NPC) had failed to fulfil its IPC membership "responsibilities and obligations".
A key reason for the suspension proceedings being opened, according to the IPC, was that the Russian NPC appears "unable or unwilling to ensure compliance with and the enforcement of the IPC’s Anti-Doping Code", which the organisation claimed was vital to ensuring that athletes are able to compete on a level playing field.
According to the Observer, after gathering further evidence from McLaren and giving the Russian NPC the opportunity to make its case, a provisional decision has been made and is due to be announced at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow.
The IPC Governing Board are said to have met the Russians on Wednesday (August 3) in German city Bonn, where the IPC is based, to consider its written and oral arguments.
The Observer claims the Russian NPC is likely to be banned on the basis that McLaren’s report proved that the Russian system was so compromised it could not be trusted.
"The IPC can confirm that since July 18 when the McLaren Report was published it has been speaking with Professor McLaren and his investigations team to gather further information," IPC spokesman communications director Craig Spence told insidethegames.
"On July 22, the IPC opened suspension proceedings against the Russian NPC following the publication of the McLaren Report and additional information it had received from the report’s author.
"The IPC’s decision on the membership status of the Russian NPC will not be announced until Sunday August 7 at a press conference in Rio at 5pm CEST."
The report has already been described as "gossip" by the RPC.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams said that "you have to remember the IPC is also the National Federation for many sports, whereas the IOC is not", when asked about potential differences in opinion between the two bodies.
McLaren’s report into alleged state-sponsored doping during Sochi, as well as in competitions in summer sports, claimed that 35 disappearing positive samples from the Moscow Laboratory had involved athletes at the Paralympics.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko described the IPC's decision to open suspension proceedings against Russia in the wake of the publication of the report as "normal procedure".
Should they be suspended, Russia would have 21 days to appeal the decision.
The Rio 2016 Paralympics are due to begin on September 7.
Russia finished second on the medals table at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, ending with 36 golds, 38 silvers and 28 bronzes.
At Sochi 2014 they dominated the standings, winning 80 medals, 55 more than Ukraine, who had the second biggest haul, managed.