WADA Brought 47 Doping Cases of Russian Athletes to International Federations
OREANDA-NEWS. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) official website, the organization has transferred 47 doping cases connected with Russian athletes to international federations. This was announced during the meeting of the WADA Executive Committee in the city of Katowice (Poland) by Jonathan Taylor, the Chairman of the Compliance Review Committee of the WADA.
In the near future, the cases of Russian sportsmen will be considered by representatives of international federations in various kinds of sport. If they consider that the athletes’ guilt of violating the anti-doping rules has been proven, sanctions can be imposed.
According to the WADA press service, the cases against the Russian athletes are based on data from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, which were not affected by the supposed manipulation of the samples.
In September 2019, WADA launched a procedure to recognize the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as not compliant with the WADA Code. The decision was made because of suspicions that the Russian side had falsified the data from the Moscow laboratory.
It was given three weeks to Russia to answer 30 questions about samples taken in the Moscow laboratory. In October, WADA received the required explanations from the Russian Ministry of Sport.
Later, James Fitzgerald, the senior media and communications manager of WADA, stated that the agency plans to decide on RUSADA status by the end of 2019.
Before that, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee, noted that if RUSADA is recognized to be non-compliant, the Russian team can be debarred from participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.