MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) plans to carry out next year a total of 11,000 doping tests among national athletes, RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told TASS on Wednesday.
“We have planned for this year to collect 9,000 doping samples,” Ganus said in an interview with TASS. “As of today, our doping inspectors collected 9,409 doping samples, with 3,172 of them collected during competitions and 6,237 during the out-of-competition period.”
“We have planned for the next year to collect 11,000 samples using nearly the same budget and to increase the number to 13,000 in another year,” the RUSADA chief said. “The increase will be achieved by cutting the cost of logistics and more efficient organization of our work.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on September 20 that RUSADA was compliant again with the Code and the Russian agency was reinstated in its right to collect doping samples. Between June 2017 and September 2018, RUSADA was able to collect doping samples among national athletes strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping body (UKAD).
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