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Russia’s anti-doping agency to pass decisive test for compliance with Anti-Doping Code

November 18, 2015, 11:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
There were no precedents in the past when a national agency lost credibilty of the main anti-doping body, however, such outcome is quite probable with regard to Russia, considering the WADA report
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MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. The Board of Founders of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will consider the suggestion of its committee to recognize the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as incongruous with the organization’s code. There were no precedents in the past when a national agency lost credibilty of the main anti-doping body. However, such outcome is quite probable with regard to the Russian side, considering the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission published last Monday.

The WADA committee took a decision on RUSADA’s failure to conform to the organization’s code on November 13, two days after RUSADA submitted a report on its activities. The meeting of the board of founders, which will consider the committee’s decision, will take place on November 18 in Colorado Springs, USA. Russia will be represented by Deputy Sports Minister, WADA representative from the Council of Europe Pavel Kolobkov and adviser to the Russian Sports Minister for Anti-Doping issues Natalya Zhelanova.

Last Monday, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the results of an inquiry into the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Sports Ministry. The WADA report came up with a number of accusations against officials and athletes and called for disqualifying the national athletics federation.

The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) during its meeting on Friday found the report of the All-Russian Athletics Federation on fighting against doping unconvincing and overwhelmingly voted to temporarily suspend the Russian national federation’s membership in this international organization. According to many experts, there is a strong possibility that Russia’s track-and-field team will not be able to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to August 21. Now, according to the trend, RUSADA may face sanctions as well.

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