WADA Foundation Board Approves Next Steps for Clean Sport and RUSADA

WADA Foundation Board Approves Next Steps for Clean Sport and RUSADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has taken significant actions on a number of key priorities, including the next steps for Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in helping them return to compliance as soon as possible.

The Director General at WADA, Olivier Niggli stated “our independent experts have been working tirelessly with RUSADA and firmly believe that allowing them to restart testing, under supervision, is a right step, in the right direction”.

The Board approved RUSADA be allowed to ‘plan, coordinate and execute’ testing but only under the control and direction of two WADA-appointed experts and the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) once certain conditions were met.

For Russia to comply with these conditions, they need to ensure the appointment of an independent chairperson. The current Chair Yelena Isinbayeva was not mentioned by name in WADA’s update, but WADA’s Compliance and Review Committee Chair Rob Koehler has been quoted saying “The vital restoration of RUSADA hinged on four main criteria, one being the removal of Isinbayeva”.

RUSADA has been suspended since 2015 in the wake of the report by Richard McLaren which uncovered widespread doping in Russian sport.

The full WADA news report can be found here.

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