World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended Russia’s anti-doping agency (RusADA) deeming it “non- compliant”. It has raised the possibility of Russian athletes being barred from the Olympics, if the country does not fall back into line with accepted international rules.
Wada’s foundation board unanimously passed a recommendation from a committee which found (RusADA) “non-compliant” with the global body’s charter. The decision has been anticipated following a damning report by a WADA independent panel which uncovered a “state-sponsored” doping program in Russia.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had already provisionally suspended Russia from international competition but left the door open to a return in time for the Olympics. This decision of WADA piled more pressure on Russia to fix its system.
Under rules agreed by Wada and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), countries which are in full compliance with the anti-doping agency’s code can only participate in the Games like Olympics.
Russia has vowed to follow a roadmap laid down to overhaul its drug-testing program in order to avert the prospect of an Olympic ban. Wada President Craig Reedie has insisted the moves by agency to ensure “watertight” anti-doping regime in Russia.
The Russian sports ministry has said that, it had already taken steps to overhaul its athletics federation under a new president and coaches. “Russia has been and will continue to be fully committed to the fight against doping in sport,” it said.
Russia is a major player in world athletics, having finished second to the United States in the last indoor championships in Poland in 2014 and in the athletics competition at the 2012 Olympics in London.
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