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  • RUSADA Still Not WADA Compliant


    (ATR) The World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee refuses to lift the suspension of the Russian Anti-doping Agency (RUSADA).

    “There was no need for a vote,” Oliver Niggli, WADA director general, was quoted as saying by AFP on Wednesday. “Nothing has changed.”

    RUSADA’s reinstatement is condition on meeting two final requirements. First, it must grant WADA access to stored samples in the Moscow laboratory for analysis. Second, Russia must accept the findings of the independent McLaren reports that showed an institutionalized doping system in the country.

    WADA first declared Russia non-compliant in November 2015 after the preliminary findings of McLaren’s report. The ramifications of the report were felt by a suspension of the Russian athletics federation by the International Association of Athletics Federation. The IOC also set criteria for international federations to accept athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympics and suspended the Russian Olympic Committee ahead of PyeongChang 2018.

    However, the IOC lifted the suspension immediately after the PyeongChang Games and has sought to reintegrate Russia back into the Olympic fold. Russia’s stalemate with WADA and the IAAF has dragged on the doping scandal to the brink of a third straight Olympic Games.

    The IAAF has said that unless progress on the two sticking points is made the country could be expelled from the international federation. Currently Russian track and field athletes must be accepted to compete as neutral athletes because of the suspension.

    RUSADA’s new chief Yuri Ganus was quoted as saying on Wednesday that he is pushing for the Russian government to allow WADA into the Moscow lab.

    “We have for a long time restricted access to samples in the Moscow laboratory, which belongs to the International Olympic Committee and the international federations," Ganus was quoted as saying by state-run news agency TASS.

    “In doing that, we are violating the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. I don't understand why we can't guarantee them access to the samples. Especially since, as you know, this is a matter of trust.”

    Russian news sources reported that Russia sent a letter to the WADA Compliance Review Board regarding the McLaren report. Previously, Russian officials said “evidence” was sent disputing testimony by Grigory Rodchenkov the key whistleblower at the center of the McLaren report. State-run news site RT reported that the compliance board would present the latest letter sent to the WADA Foundation Board meeting.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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