(ATR) The Russian Anti-Doping Agency will remain compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency code as long as it continues to make progress on conditions laid out in a September decision.
The WADA Executive Committee voted to keep RUSADA’s compliance after reviewing a recommendation from the Compliance Review Committee following retrieval of data from the Moscow anti-doping lab.
WADA says the decision to keep RUSADA’s compliance was unanimous, although vice-president Linda Helleland “noted for the record that she maintained her position from September that RUSADA should have been asserted as non-compliant until the process was complete”.
RUSADA must fulfill three conditions set out by the CRC in September to regain full compliance. First, RUSADA must allow a compliance audit from WADA within four months of the September decision. WADA says a successful audit was completed in December.
Second, RUSADA must hand over data from the Moscow lab by Dec. 31. RUSADA missed the deadline, although WADA was able to begin retrieving the data in January before the CRC met. The data is currently being authenticated.
Finally, RUSADA must allow for stored samples at the Moscow lab to be retested at an accredited lab by WADA to see if there are additional positive samples stored in the lab.
“Today, the ExCo was pleased to hear of the significant progress that has been made in resolving the Russian doping matter since its decision in September last year to reinstate RUSADA under strict conditions,” Craig Reedie, WADA President, said in a statement.
“We are not yet at the finishing line and there is a lot more to do but undeniably we are much further along the track than we would have been without the September ExCo decision.
“Several members of the ExCo voiced their disappointment that the deadline had been missed but agreed that no sanction in that regard should be imposed. Above all, we want to ensure that those who cheated are held to account. That is what the September ExCo decision was all about, and I hope athletes and others see that we are making good progress in that regard.”
Written by Aaron Bauer
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