WADA panel recommends reinstatement of Russian agency
A key review committee is recommending Russia’s anti-doping agency be reinstated after a nearly three-year suspension resulting from the country’s scheme to circumvent rules and win Olympic medals.
The World Anti-Doping Agency statement said Friday that its compliance review committee was satisfied with Russian promises to fulfill one key criterion for reinstatement: Providing access to samples and data that could help corroborate positive tests uncovered during the investigation into Russia’s corruption.
The statement also said the committee received a letter from Russia’s ministry of sports that “sufficiently acknowledged the issues identified in Russia.”
WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald confirmed that one of the “issues” is that Russia’s anti-doping agency, ministry of sport and Olympic committee publically accept that there was a widespread, government-directed effort to manipulate drug tests in order to win medals.