Russian Anti-Doping Agency to skip next week’s WADA Foundation Board meeting

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MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Representatives of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will not be in attendance during next week’s meeting of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Foundation Board, a RUSADA’s senior official told TASS on Thursday.

A meeting of the WADA Foundation Board members has been scheduled to be held on November 14-15 in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

“There are no Russian representatives among the WADA Foundation Board,” Margarita Pakhnotskaya, RUSADA’s first deputy director general, said in an interview with TASS.

“The meeting will be held behind the closed doors, the agenda lists no official speakers from Russia, therefore, there will be no representatives from RUSADA,” she stated.

“The WADA Foundation Board Meeting will be traditionally attended by mass media representatives, however no one from RUSADA was invited for the event,” Pakhnotskaya added.

The WADA Executive Committee announced on September 20 that RUSADA was again in compliance with the Code of the global agency and its membership was reinstated.

The world’s anti-doping body, however, came up with two more conditions for the Russian anti-doping agency. One of them requests that WADA gets access to the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory by the yearend and the other is that all suspicious doping samples are reanalyzed before June 30, 2019.

The world’s governing anti-doping body announced in early October that its group of experts would hold a follow-up compliance audit of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on December 11-12.

Russia’s membership ban with WADA

The WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation in 2015 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 its 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 prohibited performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.

Since January 2016, the doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the British Anti-Doping Agency’s (UKAD) supervision.

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