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WADA restores status of Russia's anti-doping agency

RUSADA status was stopped in autumn 2015
19:20, 20 September 2018

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has restored the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at the session of the executive committee of the organization as WADA reported on Twitter.

"Today, the great majority of WADA’s Executive Comittee decided to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the Code subject to strict conditions, upon recommendation by the Agency’s independent CRC and in accordance with an agreed process," the message said.

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Previously, the independent investigation of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, showed that over a thousand Russian athletes performing in 30 sports were more or less involved in doping use. Media attention in this regard began growing in December 2014 when German broadcaster ARD reported on state-sponsored doping in Russia, comparing it to doping in East Germany. In November 2015, the WADA published a report and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia indefinitely from world track and field events. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping agency later assisted WADA with testing in Russia. In June 2016, they reported that they were unable to fully carry out their work and noted intimidation by armed FSB agents. After a Russian former lab director made allegations about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, WADA commissioned an independent investigation led by Richard McLaren. McLaren's investigation found corroborating evidence, concluding in a report published in July 2016 that the Ministry of Sport and the FSB had operated a "state-directed failsafe system" using a "disappearing positive [test] methodology" (DPM) from "at least late 2011 to August 2015".

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The WADA also passed to International Federations information on all doping tests of Russian athletes. International Federations representatives received data for 2012-2015.

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