World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has refused to rule out the prospect of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) remaining non-compliant until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Deadlock is continuing over Russia's failure to comply with two specific re-compliance criteria.
The first concerns the country's failure to publicly accept the findings of the WADA-commissioned McLaren Report and the second involves the granting of access of sample information in the Moscow Laboratory.
There is no indication that Russia is likely to back down.
Sir Craig "hopes" that the situation will be resolved soon but offered no sign that they would be prepared to band-down and change their stance.
"I hope not, clearly [that the ban will remain in place until Tokyo 2020]," he said here today.
"We have to cross this bridge at some stage and we will continue to adhere to the roadmap which we agreed with Russian officials, which includes the two conditions.
"My wish is that, when the dust settled after this whole exercise here in Pyeongchang that, maybe, within the next few months wiser counsel will apply in Russia and we can actually do that.
"In the meantime, we will continue to support the RUSADA and the improvement they have made under their new director general [Yury Ganus] to make sure there is proper testing done in that huge country."
Russian suspensions introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Paralympic Committee will also remain in place, it is likely, until RUSADA is declared compliant by WADA.
Sir Craig was reluctant to offer judgement on the way the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have handled the Russian doping crisis, claiming that his "personal views do not matter" when asked if he agreed with criticisms made by founding WADA President, Richard Pound.
Russian athletes are competing neutrally under the banner of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) but could be free to march under their own flag at the Closing Ceremony if they are ruled to have acted "to the letter and in the spirit" of the IOC's eligibility conditions.
A total of 60 Russian appeals by athletes and officials ruled ineligible are currently being heard by the Ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) here.
"If you're also going on to the potential completion of the sanction of the Russian Olympic Committee, clearly what has happened at these Games will affect the IOC's view," Sir Craig said when asked about the potential lifting of suspensions before the Closing Ceremony.
"I'm saddened by the fact we are in CAS all day every day dealing with these issues and it's up to the IOC to decide whether this is in the letter or 'spirit' of the conditions that they have proposed before they consider further changes to the status of the Russian suspension."
Sir Craig added, though, that the IOC have been "very supportive" of their efforts to make RUSADA compliant.
The former IOC vice-president also supported the IOC's call to consider reforms to CAS to better support athletes.
WADA director general Olivier Niggli revealed that more information obtained from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database at the Moscow Laboratory will be shared with governing bodies over coming weeks.
"This is a huge database and we are finding more information, including steroid profiles, which is being handed over to International Federations," he said.
Niggli also warned that they will use their right to appeal to CAS if Federations make decisions on Russian cases which they disagree with.