24th September 2019

iNADO will support Russian NADO if declared Non-Compliant

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) has read with great concern that there may have been tampering with the Moscow laboratory data relating to Russian athletes’ samples and provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In response, and among other penalties, the Russian National Anti-Doping Organisation (RUSADA), failing satisfactory explanations, will be declared non-compliant by WADA. WADA’s correct and only legal recourse in the light of further Russian defiance of sporting rules and principles is to declare the National Anti-Doping Organisation non-compliant even though there is no evidence that RUSADA itself is in any way involved.

“RUSADA has, since its reformation following the corrupt activities of previous officials, proven to be an eager and valued participant in international anti-doping work.” said iNADO CEO, Graeme Steel. “While a declaration of non-compliance is necessary under the rules, of all Russian organisations, RUSADA has been the one leading the way to effect positive change in the country. Athletes of the world deserve fair competition and there is a desperate need for a strong force for positive change within Russia. In line with our long-standing policy we will continue to support RUSADA in their efforts to bring that about.”

• This media release was published by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) on 24 September 2019. Click here for the original.

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