WADA and RUSADA: The Conditions Moving Forward

Jason AlbertSeptember 22, 2018
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After the announcement that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee, which WADA refers to in short at the ExCo, voted 9-2 in favor of reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on Thursday, it released a statement describing what it considers a conditional reinstatement.

As mentioned in an previous FasterSkier article, Russia has not fulfilled two outstanding provisions laid out in WADA’s “roadmap” for reinstatement.

In its most recent public statement on the matter, also published on Thursday, Sept. 20, WADA detailed those remaining conditions:

  • “That the responsible authorities for anti-doping in Russia must publically accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation; and
  • That the Russian Government must provide access for appropriate entities to the stored samples and electronic data in the former Moscow Laboratory, which are sealed off due to a Federal investigation.”

In its attempt to move forward, WADA claimed the Sept. 20 reinstatement remains subject to what it calls two “post-reinstatement conditions”. (Absent from the latest statement is the demand that Russia admit its involvement in state-sponsored doping, as detailed in the McLaren Report.)

Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) signage (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Russians must release the former Moscow lab’s Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and related “underlying” data by Dec. 31, 2018. LIMS is a WADA-standardized method of cataloging and storing tests and corresponding analytical results. The data will serve as a means to pinpoint which athletes were in violation of the WADA code and need to be adjudicated.  

According to a previous statement, WADA believes it is already in possession of the Moscow Lab’s LIMS data. Last November, WADA reported that it had received LIMS data from a whistleblower including all the testing data from January 2012 through August 2015.  

Once the data is turned over and reviewed, WADA has the right to reanalyze any samples no later than June 30, 2019. The agreement also states RUSADA must be successfully audited within the next four months.

If the outlined conditions are not met, WADA asserts its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will convene and advise the WADA ExCo on any potential RUSADA non-compliance.

Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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