15th September 2021

Oleg Matytsin and WADA President Witold Bańka discussed the restoration of RUSADA and further cooperation

The Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation is ready to continue working together with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the interests of the global anti-doping movement. This was announced today, September 15, by the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin during a business meeting in Istanbul with WADA President Witold Bańka.

As Oleg Matytsin emphasized, Russia respects the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and is doing everything necessary so that by December 2022 Russian athletes are full participants in any world tournaments. At the same time, Russia has consistently opposed the principle of collective responsibility in relation to athletes.

The Minister confirmed that the Russian side will continue its policy of ensuring the operational and financial independence of RUSADA, which is one of the key conditions for the restoration of RUSADA’s full membership in the global anti-doping regulator. “Russia is interested in ensuring the stability of the global anti-doping system. It is important for us that the anti-doping agenda does not become an object for political manipulation, because in the end, athletes around the world are under threat, ”said Oleg Matytsin.

During the meeting, practical measures for the implementation of the RUSADA recovery plan, preparation for the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Fight against Doping in Sport, and prospects for further cooperation were discussed. The parties agreed to hold such meetings on a regular basis.

• This media release was published by Russia’s Ministry of Sports (МСРФ) on 15 September 2021. Click here for the original.

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