24 Feb 2020

Anti-doping: Update on the dispute between WADA and RUSADA

FAI is keeping a watchful eye on the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The outcome of the dispute will have implications for the FAI community and its events, as FAI is an IOC-recognised Federation and a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA has issued a Question & Answer document to provide additional information to International Sports Federations.

The recent developments include:

  • 9 December 2019: WADA’s decision to endorse a four-year period of non-compliance for RUSADA.  
  • 13 December 2019: WADA’s conference call with the International Federations and Major Event Organisations to complete the information provided following the non-compliance decision by WADA.
  • 27 December 2019: RUSADA’s decision to dispute this endorsement at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

WADA’s decision of non-compliance has not yet come into effect due to RUSADA’s appeal. The date of the CAS verdict is unknown.

Events already awarded to Russia (such as the ISC Mondial) and those already advanced in their preparations will most likely be exempt from consequences.

CAS’s ruling might include:

  • The suspension of all Russian athletes unless they are able to demonstrate that they are not implicated in any way in the non-compliance (details about how to demonstrate this will come as soon as the decision is final).
  • Even if athletes demonstrate this, they will be not be able to compete under the Russian flag.
  • Russia may not host in the four-year period, nor bid for or be granted in the four-year period, the right to host any editions of major events.

The full list of potential consequences is explained in a news published by WADA.

FAI Anti-doping Manager Ségolène Rouillon is in contact with WADA and is closely following the situation. FAI will establish a plan for action and communicate accordingly when appropriate.

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