24 September 2023, 11:54
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) issued a statement regarding the decision of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) not to return compliance status.
“The scope of issues of the national anti-doping organization, which is RUSADA, according to Article 20.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code, does not include changes in the legislation of the Russian Federation. RUSADA is not a government agency.
Article 23.2 of the Code states: “Signatories shall ensure compliance with the provisions of the Code by adopting policies, bylaws, rules and regulations in accordance with their powers and responsibilities,” RUSADA said in a statement.
The organization noted that it is studying the documents received to determine whether it is necessary to send a notice of disagreement with WADA’s decision. The issue of conformity assessment may be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
In December 2019, after a series of doping scandals surrounding Russian sports, the WADA Executive Committee recognized RUSADA as not complying with the anti-doping code and suspended Russian athletes for four years from participating in international tournaments.
The WADA Executive Committee, based on information received from a special independent compliance committee, decided that in the fall of 2022 it was revealed that the World Anti-Doping Code is not fully integrated into Russian legislation.
It was previously reported that the ROC will consult with lawyers on WADA’s decision regarding RUSADA.
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