Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has appointed businessman Yuri Ganus as its new chief executive. As well as having worked for a number of Russian and international companies, Ganus is a senior lecturer with the Engineering, Business and Management department of BMSTU university in Moscow. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is due to audit RUSADA this month, with a decision on whether it can be deemed complaint with the World Anti-Doping Code due in November.
• Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov has confirmed that the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) have questioned him over his loss to Thiago Monteiro in the first round of the US Open Winston-Salem warm-up tournament. “I talked to the TIU, I respect their work, I gave all the information needed”, Dolgopolov told Reuters. “At the end of the day, what’s going to happen is: I’m not involved in anything”. It is understood that no formal investigation has yet been launched by the TIU.
• The Ad-Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) will hold its 39th meeting in Madrid on 14-15 September. CAHAMA’s mission is to examine issues concerning relations between the Council of Europe (CoE), its member States and WADA. These include budget issues and the mandate of the members of the WADA Foundation Board appointed by the CoE (currently Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Akif Çagatay Kiliç). A topic of discussion at the meeting is WADA’s four-year plan to increase its budget, which will be put to the WADA Executive Committee meeting on 24 September in Paris.
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