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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) intends to continue its current cooperation with the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) in 2017 on the fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sports, Anna Antselovich, the acting head of the Russian agency, told TASS on Friday.
"We are planning to continue our cooperation throughout the next year," Antselovich said in an interview with TASS.
Almost a year ago year the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of RUSADA, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9.
The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.
Starting this year doping control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).
This summer, IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Thomas Bach proposed reformations in the work of the global anti-doping body.
The issue of reformations within WADA was fueled by the report of WADA Independent Commission on the allegedly widespread doping abuse in the world’s largest country, Russia.
The Independent Commission of WADA, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
The commission’s report led to the partial ban of the country’s national Olympians from the 2016 Summer Games and the suspension of the entire Paralympic team from the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.