Under-pressure WADA will announce long-awaited RUSADA decision on 22 January
The World Anti-Doping Agency has said that it will announce its ruling on 22 January over whether to re-impose the suspension of RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping agency, reviving accusations from critics that it is dragging its feet over the decision.
WADA said that it would make an inspection team’s contentious report over its findings from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory available to its executive committee no later than this Thursday, when it will also receive a recommendation from its independent Compliance Review Committee on how to proceed.
With respect to the new delay (a decision had been expected by today), WADA tweeted: “ExCo members requested that time to review appropriately the CRC recommendation (which will be provided to them at the latest on 17 Jan) and to consult with their stakeholders.”
The team last week finally gained long-awaited access to the laboratory which is at the centre of the country’s doping scandal of the last three years, over a week after a deadline that WADA set for access had expired.
WADA said last week that the deadline of 31 December was missed “due to an issue raised by the Russian authorities in relation to the certification of the equipment under Russian law. That issue has since been resolved by the Russian authorities.”
WADA has come under sustained pressure in recent weeks over its decision to provisionally lift the suspension of RUSADA, despite not having gained access to the lab (one of the conditions for RUSADA’s reinstatement) by the 31 December deadline.