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RUSADA expects to start work with WADA on its membership reinstatement

RUSADA announced earlier in the day that it decided against filing an appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on WADA’s sanctions against Russian sports
Russian Anti-Doping Agency headquarters Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Russian Anti-Doping Agency headquarters
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MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) considers the chapter of its court arguments with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been closed and expects to start work on its membership reinstatement with the global body, the Russian agency said in a statement on Monday.

RUSADA announced earlier in the day that it decided against filing an appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on WADA’s sanctions against Russian sports.

"RUSADA considers that this chapter has now been closed and is committed to working with WADA with a view to fully restoring RUSADA's membership status," the statement reads.

"RUSADA trusts that this process will be constructive and based on a transparent and realistic road map in line with RUSADA's obligations under the World Anti-Doping Code," the statement continued.

"RUSADA will continue to defend the rights of clean Russian athletes and to oppose any form of discrimination against Russian sport," the Russian agency added.

RUSADA-WADA case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland’s Lausanne upheld on December 17 WADA’s previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports. In particular, CAS upheld WADA’s decision to declare RUSADA as non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The court, however, ruled to cut the previously proposed four-year term of sanctions to the period of two years.

The Swiss-based court said in a statement on December 17 that the CAS Panel "unanimously determined RUSADA to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) in connection with its failure to procure the delivery of the authentic LIMS data (Laboratory Information Management System) and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory to WADA" in the period between 2012 and 2015. The Russian authorities deny accusations of manipulation.

CAS held hearings on a legal debate between RUSADA and WADA in the period between November 2 and 5, 2020. Appointed judges in the CAS case between RUSADA and WADA were Mark Williams (Australia), Luigi Fumagalli (Italy) and Hamid Gharavi (France).

According to the CAS decision as of December 17, 2020, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.

The national anthem of Russia was also ruled out to be played at international sport tournaments in the course of the next two years, including at the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan this year.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for the period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.