Athletics: World Anti-Doping Agency Ends 3-Year Suspension On RUSADA
A choice to lift the suspension of Russia’s enemy of doping organization has been marked “the greatest treachery against clean athletes”.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has finished a 3-year suspension, which took after a noteworthy scandal over alleged state-supported doping.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has ended Russia’s three-year suspension which followed a major scandal over alleged state-sponsored doping. Emily spoke to Olympic gold medallist, Callum Skinner, about Wada’s likely decision last night. @maitlis | @CallumSkinner | #newsnight pic.twitter.com/eK0TMmU7JN
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 20, 2018
Russia’s enemy of doping office (Rusada) had been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-sponsored doping, after it was blamed for concealing drug abuse, while Russia hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
A week ago, Wada’s compliance review board prescribed Rusada’s reestablishment after it got affirmations from the Russian sports ministry, saying the nation had “sufficiently acknowledged” failures.
This decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency is a major blow to clean sport around the world. Allowing the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency fails to hold them accountable for the cheating and fraud that took place at the Sochi Olympics. https://t.co/oa5eTnFlYx
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) September 20, 2018
It should be noted that, anti-doping bodies and leading athletes have strongly opposed this controversial move made by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said the reestablishment was “subject to strict conditions”.
9 individuals from the 12-strong official executive panel voted for the recommendation, at a gathering in the Seychelles, with two against and one abstention.
In any case, a legal advisor for Russian informant Grigory Rodchenkov called it “the greatest treachery against clean athletes”.
WADA’s decision after a vote of its 12-member executive committee was called “the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history” by the lawyer of the whistleblower who helped uncover Russia’s cheating. https://t.co/7hq6nzhjxS
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) September 20, 2018
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