Monday 19 August 2019

WADA declares Russian Anti-Doping Agency as non-compliant after reporting into doping

A general view shows a building of the federal state budgetary institution
A general view shows a building of the federal state budgetary institution "Federal scientific centre of physical culture and sports", which houses a laboratory led by Grigory Rodchenkov and accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in Moscow, Russia

Phil Blanche

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been declared non-complaint with international sport's anti-doping code with immediate effect.

Russia was provisionally suspended from all international athletics competitions by world governing body the IAAF last Friday when its council members voted 22-1 in favour of the sanction after the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission's findings of state-sponsored, systemic doping practices.

And now WADA's foundation board, which met at Colorado Springs in the United States, has said RUSADA should be declared non-compliant immediately.

"WADA Compliance Review Committee 'unanimous in its view that RUSADA should be declared non-compliant with immediate effect'," said a tweet on WADA's official Twitter account.

Added the WADA Compliance Chair: "Importance of effective sanctions absolutely key 2deterring countries from practicing inadequate anti-doping programs."

In addition, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine have also been declared as non-compliant, with Brazil, Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain placed on a compliance watchlist.

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