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Russian Anti-Doping Agency likely to be reinstated with WADA before May — Olympic chief

MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has all chances for the reinstatement of its suspended membership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) before this year’s May, Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), said on Thursday.

Russia’s anti-doping agency elected on Thursday a new Supervisory Board, which would be now chaired by two-time Olympic champion in pole vault Yelena Isinbayeva.

"The Supervisory Board is now facing the task of appointing the director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency," Zhukov said.

RUSADA’s acting director general Anna Antseliovich resigned on Tuesday. She took the reign over RUSADA from previous director general Ramil Khabiyev in December 2015.

"I believe the appointment will take place on a competitive basis in March, and then a new anti-doping system in Russia will be established, i.e. a new anti-doping laboratory, which is part of the Moscow State University," Zhukov said.

"Following the establishment of these two key components, the World Anti-Doping Agency will make a decision on RUSADA’s membership reinstatement," the ROC president said. "I believe, it will be done before May."

About two years ago the WADA 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, 2015.

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 last year’s January control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).