News 19 November 2015

WADA suspends RUSADA & five other NADOs

The Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and five other NADOs at its meeting (pictured) in Colorado Springs yesterday. The Board also voted to place Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain on a compliance watch list for a four-month period, finding them ‘provisionally non-compliant’. At the meeting in Colorado Springs yesterday, WADA heard that eight countries are using laboratories not accredited by WADA, in violation of Article 6.1 of the WADA Code.

‘The National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) of Andorra and Israel were deemed not to have 2015 Code compliant rules in place’, read a WADA statement. ‘Argentina, Bolivia, Ukraine were also declared non-compliant as a result of using non-accredited laboratories, an action prohibited under global anti-doping rules…The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was the final anti-doping organisation declared non-compliant, an action that follows a key recommendation of the Independent Commission that concluded its investigation into widespread doping in Russian athletics last week.’

RUSADA said that it was ‘already working to address all the identified deficiencies’ in a statement issued this morning. Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Israel and the Ukraine have been asked for a response.

The Board also endorsed moves for WADA to look at strengthening its ability to conduct international investigations, following the success of the recent Independent Commission’s investigation, which found that the Russian Athletics Federation and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had conspired to hide Russian doping. It also requested enhancements to the WADA whistleblowing process to encourage and protect whistleblowers. The Board accepted that a new ‘level of resource’ would be needed for this. WADA has been asked to clarify what this means.

‘It was also agreed that a group would be formed to explore the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s independent testing proposal, first floated at a recent Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland’, read WADA’s statement. ‘The group, comprising the IOC, International Federations (IFs) and WADA will explore the technical and practical issues associated with such a proposal, and will report back on the feasibility of the proposal, and possible terms of reference and composition for a future working group at the next WADA Foundation Board Meeting in May 2016.’

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