Ukraine urges international community to strip RUSADA of full-fledged partner status

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia's national anti-doping authority's status was suspended after WADA's report on the massive use of doping among Russian Olympic athletes
13:48, 4 January 2019

Ukraine's National Anti-Doping Centre (NADC) supports the stance of the international community on the fastest implementation of sanctions of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) - namely, stripping RUSADA of full-fledged partner status. The press service of the Ukrainian anti-doping agency reported that on Friday.

Ukraine's Youth and Sports Ministry joined NADC in this regard. 

As is known, in September 2018, the Executive Board of WADA ruled to restore Russian anti-doping agency's status in case of strict adherence to the two following conditions:

1) By December 31, 2018, the Russian side will let WADA free access to the e-database of the former Moscow Anti-Doping Lab;

2) By June 30, 2019, the Russian side will pass WADA all anti-doping probes stored in the lab.

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The Ukrainian side commented on the state of affairs; the NADC stated that since the Russian side did not provide the WADA with the free access to its e-database, 'WADA should in the nearest possible terms implement the sanctions (...) namely, to claim RUSADA a member that fails to meet the WADA code, with the respective consequences for the country in general'. 

On January 2, a number of countries openly turned to WADA, demanding to immediately take steps to define RUSADA as the member failing to meet the World Anti-Doping Code. 

In 2016, Russian athletes and para-athletes were suspended from performing at Summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. During the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018, Russian team performed under the neutral flag.  
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