With reference to the Inside the Games article that ran on 9 March titled ‘Exclusive: IOC Executive Board member calls for negotiations to break Russian deadlock with IAAF and WADA’, WADA wishes to advise stakeholders that the Agency’s President, Sir Craig Reedie, and Director General, Olivier Niggli, have been in regular contact with Russian authorities, including the Minister of Sport, to address and resolve the matter of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA’s) non-compliance status under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). It will specifically be addressed with stakeholders during the Agency’s Annual Symposium, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to be held from 21 – 23 March.
In November 2017, WADA’s Foundation Board endorsed WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee’s (CRC’s) recommendation that RUSADA remain non-compliant with the Code until such time as Russia fulfills the two outstanding criteria of RUSADA’s Roadmap to Compliance. As stated by Sir Craig Reedie at that time, “The Board was encouraged by the significant progress achieved by RUSADA under its new Management with the support of WADA. However, there was clear consensus by the Board that the two outstanding Roadmap criteria were critical to global confidence and to operating in a credible environment. The Agency will continue its efforts and work with Russia, in the hope that compliance can be achieved so that the country can benefit from a fully robust and independent anti-doping system, which operates within a healthy and supportive environment.”
WADA’s Board declared RUSADA non-compliant in November 2015, following revelations of widespread doping in Russian athletics that was exposed via WADA’s independent Pound Commission. Since then, WADA and its partners have been working very hard to rebuild a credible, and sustainable, anti-doping program in Russia that will ensure the protection of clean athletes inside and outside of the country.