WADA May Lift Russian Doping Suspension


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that they may lift parts of Russia’s doping suspension. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been suspended from operation since 2015, following revelations of widespread institutional corruption. Charges levied against RUSADA in the McLaren Report included:

  • Protecting “doped Russian athletes”
  • Creating a “state-directed failsafe system”
  • “Disappearing positive ” test results
Per our post in December, the report stated that “McLaren found evidence of tampering in the samples of 12 Russian medal-winners from Sochi 2014, 15 medal-winners at London 2012 and six medal-winners from the paralympics in Sochi”.
Following the scandal, WADA demanded that RUSADA enact sweeping reforms to their agency and, one year later, it appears they may have finally met those new standards.
During a recent press conference, WADA president Craig Reedie told reporters:
“There is a huge amount of work being done. The board decided if we receive, and I’m sure we will, the necessary information … that the Russian anti-doping agency would be able to resume its testing program… What has been done at this stage is really important and I am grateful to the Foundation Board for providing, subject to Russia’s roadmap, its green light for the resumption of the testing program.”
[Photo via Kremlin.ru]