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Russians to stay outside WADA bodies until problems resolved in Russian anti-doping agency

December 02, 2015, 14:33 UTC+3
WADA earlier stated that the activity of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) failed to adhere to WADA’s code
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MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. Russia’s representatives cannot sit on working bodies and commissions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) until problems are resolved in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), adviser to the sports minister for anti-doping issues Natalia Zhelanova told TASS on Wednesday.

WADA’s founders who convened for their council meeting in Colorado Springs in the United States on November 18 approved a decision by the organization’s committee that RUSADA was not in compliance with WADA rules.

"As long as the RUSADA status does not comply with the [WADA] code, we may not sit on WADA’s working bodies and commissions," Zhelanova said.

"This also concerns Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov who is a WADA representative from the Council of Europe," Zhelanova said.

Zhelanova’s powers in the WADA Finance and Administration Committee expire on December 31, 2015.

"WADA commissions follow the principle of rotation," Zhelanova said. "In 2015, simply the second term of my powers, which also equals three years, expires. This is very much," Zhelanova said.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Sports Ministry. The commission brought accusations against some athletics officials and athletes.

The Moscow anti-doping laboratory announced on November 10 it was fully suspending its activity. WADA earlier stated that the activity of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) failed to adhere to WADA’s code. RUSADA subsequently received a notification on the suspension of its activities.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

Experts say it is highly probable that the Russian national athletics team won’t be able to perform at the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August 2016.

The WADA Independent Commission was set up and began its work earlier, following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s field and track athletes.

In December 2014, German TV Channel ARD aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in June his deep disappointment with the rise of positive doping cases registered among Russian athletes and urged to enhance the fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.

On August 1 this year, ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.

ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.

The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.

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