WADA to decide on RUSADA reinstatement after reviewing Russias reply on McLaren report


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review Russias letter regarding the McLaren Report before making a recommendation to the bodys Foundation Board on the reinstatement of the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA).

The WADA Compliance Review Committee will analyze all the details outlined in the official letter sent by the Russian sports authorities on the countrys stance on accepting the McLaren report findings, one of the criteria for reinstatement.

The committee will then write a recommendation report to the Foundation Board scheduled to take place on Thursday in Montreal, Canada, which will decide RUSADAs fate.

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“WADA Executive Board members have recently received Russias official letter regarding the countrys stance on the first reinstatement criteria – to accept the McLaren report findings,” Sergey Khrychikov, head of the Sport Conventions Division of the Council of Europe and a member of RUSADAs Supervisory Council, told TASS.

“The head of WADA Compliance Review Committee Jonathan Taylor outlined in his speech that they havent yet had enough time to read [the] document. The Committee should first examine the letter before recommending anything to the Foundation Board,” he added.

RUSADA was initially declared non-compliant with the WADA code following the publication of WADAs Independent Commission report in November 2015.

Last November, the world doping watchdog extended RUSADAs suspension and refused to reinstate the body as two key demands stipulated by the agency had remained unmet. These were to publicly accept the findings of the WADA-commissioned investigation into alleged state-sponsored doping by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, and to provide access to samples in Moscows anti-doping laboratory.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said that RUSADAs status had remained “unchanged” after WADAs Executive Committee met behind closed doors on Wednesday.
WADA chief Craig Reedie has said on numerous occasions that Russias reluctance to accept the McLaren report findings creates obstacles for RUSADAs reinstatement.

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