Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
In keeping with the enhanced compliance process under the 2015 Code, the Foundation Board declared the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) non-compliant with immediate effect. The Kenyan authorities had been given a series of deadlines to introduce a parliamentary bill, policy and rules for the ADAK; however, following a 2 May meeting, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) confirmed that the outstanding issues had still not been addressed and so made the recommendation of non-compliance to the Board. As in all cases of non-compliance, WADA will now hand the decision over to its stakeholders, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO for their consideration and action.
The Polish Commission Against Doping in Sport [Poland’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO)] was added to WADA’s compliance ‘watch list’. The Commission was given a deadline of 12 August to pass Code compliant rules; and, 12 September to resolve the issue of their result management process or face an immediate declaration of non-compliance. Meanwhile, the NADO of Andorra was removed from the list of non-compliant Code signatories.
The Board was provided a status update regarding current testing in Russia that highlighted some limitations with its program. This update caused some alarm with members as to whether or not athletes could be assured that Russians were being properly tested in the lead up to Rio. When asked his view, Reedie said: “There is clearly still a long road ahead for RUSADA; and, this update indicates that much work needs to be done; however, now that WADA has two independent experts in place, I feel much more confident that the issues we are currently facing will be addressed without delay.”