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World Anti-Doping Agency employs discriminatory approach to Russia’s reinstatement

WADA President Banka said last November, that RUSADA would not be granted compliance status with the global anti-doping body since independent auditors voiced a number of concerns in September regarding the Russian agency’s activities

MOSCOW, January 24. /TASS/. /TASS/. A statement made earlier by President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banks that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) would not be reinstated with the international body due to the national legislation’s non-compliance with the new WADA code is based on a discriminatory approach, a senior Russian sports official said on Tuesday.

WADA President Banka said last November, speaking at a session of the WADA Foundation Board, that RUSADA would not be granted compliance status with the global anti-doping body after independent auditors voiced a number of concerns in September regarding the Russian agency’s activities. They remarked in particular that the Russian federal law ‘On Physical Culture and Sport’ had not been amended to comply with the new WADA Code.

"The Russian Sports Ministry views Banka’s statements regarding RUSADA as discriminatory," Deputy Sports Minister Andrey Fyodorov said, speaking on Tuesday at a session of the State Duma (the Russian parliament’s lower house).

"RUSADA has no influence whatsoever over the national legislation’s amendments. This is a discriminatory approach," he added.

From September 6 to 9, 2022, WADA inspectors carried out a virtual audit of RUSADA’s work, which is one of WADA’s reinstatement requirements for the Russian anti-doping body.

Addressing a State Duma session, RUSADA Director General Veronika Loginova stated that the national anti-doping body could turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in case WADA refused to reinstate RUSADA's international rights.

"It is extremely important for us because the sanctions that were in place are now gone," she said. "However, the alleged non-compliance could, unfortunately, lead to new consequences."

"We have not been reinstated, RUSADA disagrees with WADA’s stance and we have already stated this. January 7 was the deadline and this remark [from WADA] prevented us from fulfilling all the requirements of the audit," she added.

WADA-RUSADA case

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the recommendations of its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to revoke the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and to strip Russia of the right to participate in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for a period of four years.

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld WADA’s previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia and to the tune of the national anthem for two years.

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