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Russia on road to rebuilding clean sport

RUSADA authorised to coordinate anti-doping tests for first time since 2015. 28 Jun 2017
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“After much work by the Agency and its partners, resumption of testing represents an important step forward in rebuilding anti-doping in Russia."

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that the Agency and its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) are permitting the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to plan and coordinate testing. RUSADA is authorised to do so, using its trained Doping Control Officers (DCOs), under the supervision of WADA-appointed International Experts and the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD).

On 18 May 2017, WADA’s Foundation Board accepted the CRC’s recommendation to this effect, pending fulfillment of requirements by Russia, which WADA and the CRC are now satisfied have been fulfilled. These requirements include:

• Changing the RUSADA Statutes to require that the Chair and Vice Chair are selected from the independent members of the RUSADA Supervisory Board;

• Providing the CRC with a RUSADA conflict of interest policy for approval;

• Releasing all Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) blood samples at the Russian Anti-doping Centre on demand to the anti-doping organisations that had those samples sent there for testing; and

• Providing DCOs access to ‘Closed Cities.’

“While there is still more to be done, WADA recognises this milestone as a key component of the Roadmap towards compliance,” said Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President. “After much work by the Agency and its partners, resumption of testing represents an important step forward in rebuilding anti-doping in Russia,” Reedie continued. “We strongly encourage Russia to continue their efforts in the interest of clean athletes worldwide.”

Said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA: “At this juncture, WADA would also like to acknowledge the efforts of all involved in working alongside the Agency to rebuild a credible anti-doping system in Russia. We would particularly like to recognise UKAD, which has ensured that targeted and intelligence-led testing be carried out on athletes inside and outside of the country during RUSADA’s period of non-compliance. UKAD’s work in Russia is an excellent example of how an established and world-renowned National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) can help mentor another NADO in need of support.”

RUSADA, which WADA declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) in November 2015, remains non-compliant until such time as they meet the remaining reinstatement criteria that is outlined within an agreed roadmap. The roadmap includes a full audit by WADA of RUSADA’s anti-doping operations and is tentatively scheduled for September 2017.