WADA issue Russia guidelines

Outlines criteria country must meet to be compliant with World Anti-Doping Code 03 Aug 2017
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the Roadmap to Code Compliance, which outlines the reinstatement criteria that the Russian* Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) must fulfill before WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) would recommend, to WADA’s Foundation Board, that they be declared compliant again with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

The Roadmap has been developed and agreed with RUSADA; as well as, the Ministry of Sport, the National Olympic Committee and the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission.

On 18 November 2015, RUSADA was declared non-compliant with the Code further to a key recommendation of WADA’s Independent Pound Commission report released on 9 November 2015, which exposed widespread doping in Russian athletics. RUSADA’s non-compliance with the Code was further uncovered via WADA’s independent McLaren Investigation which, on 18 July 2016, exposed institutionalised manipulation of the doping control process in Russia.

*Editor’s note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games. For further information please click here