Death, Taxes, and RUSADA Non-Compliance

Jason AlbertNovember 25, 2019

There’s death, taxes, and this: the Russian Anti-Doping is likely to be back on WADA’s non-compliance list. Last week, WADA sent out a press release noting that its Compliance Review Committee had recommend non-compliance for RUSADA. WADA’s Executive Committee will consider the recommendation when it meets on December 9.

This real world soap opera continues as athletes around the world seek better structural and legal remedies to clean up sport.

The press release states the Compliance Review Committee based its judgment on “a number of inconsistencies found in some of the data that was retrieved by WADA from the Moscow Laboratory in January 2019. WADA I&I’s subsequent assessment included consideration of responses from the Russian authorities to a list of detailed and technical questions, including follow-up questions, raised by WADA I&I and the forensic experts.”

After the Sochi Olympic’s doping scandal, RUSADA was first declared non-compliant in November, 2015. At the time, many claimed RUSADA had not met the agreed upon criteria, called the RUSADA Roadmap to Compliance, for reinstatement.

FasterSkier has reported in the past that the compliance roadmap was more “malleable” than the firm words written in the compliance document.

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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