Russia doping controversy: WADA must act now on Russia missing deadline: NADO

Hope Soto
January 4, 2019

Wada also faced mounting pressure from national anti-doping organisations, including from the United States and Germany, who called for an immediate review and recommendation from the CRC.

WADA would have lifted that suspension earlier if Russia had complied with the terms of a 2016 "roadmap to reinstatement" agreement but progress on that had completely stalled, with the Russian authorities refusing to budge on its last two items: public acceptance of the state-run programme and access to the Moscow lab, which has been treated as a crime scene since November 2015.

WADA's own Athlete Committee, including athletes and former athletes from around the world, has demanded its parent organisation suspend Russian Federation as a reaction to the missed deadline.

"The Russian State need to prove unequivocally that they have learned from the biggest doping scandal under WADA's watch, and that they will for this date forward be committed to a drug free, transparent regime across global sport", it said.

WADA controversially lifted the suspension of the Russian Agency Rusada in September, under two conditions, one of them gaining access by December 31 to data in Moscow's anti-doping laboratory.

He said the CRC will meet on January 14 to review the situation and make a recommendation on how RUSADA's failure should be handled.

"No one is surprised this deadline was ignored and it's time for WADA to stop being played by the Russians and immediately declare them non-compliant for failing yet again to meet the deadline", Tygart warned.

Sport Ireland released a statement calling on WADA to take a firm stance. Only this action will be suitable and appropriate in the view of the athletes.

"As has been the case from the outset of this ordeal, there has been a continual shift of the goalposts in relation to the reinstatement of Russia's compliance", chief executive John Treacy said.

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Treacy claimed Bach's comments show that the International Olympic Committee should not be involved in decision making regarding anti-doping.

"Otherwise WADA.must now declare RUSADA non-compliant".

February 2018: Russian Federation are banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by the International Olympic Committee, but 169 athletes who prove they are clean allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

"After more than three years of review, indecision and compromise in response to the worst doping scandal in the history of sport, the time has come to demonstrate that no individual nor nation is exempted from compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, " it added.

After WADA was turned away, Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov told local media that the WADA team would return.

"The governance is taking an unnecessary risk to put RUSADA's (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) interest ahead of global clean athletes and even Russian clean athletes".

"I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow laboratory has not been completed by the date..."

The IOC lifted its ban on Russian Federation at the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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