Doping: RUSADA reinstated by WADA
By Dolf Segaar, Partner, and Tim Wilms, Associate, CMS Amsterdam, The Netherlands On 20 September 2018, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA Code), subject to certain conditions. RUSADA was declared non-compliant with the WADA Code by WADA on 18 November 2015. WADA has been working with RUSADA ever since to rebuild a credible and sustainable anti-doping system in Russia and has set conditions which had to be fulfilled for reinstatement. Until this month, two remaining conditions had not yet been met:
- the responsible authorities for anti-doping in Russia (i.e. RUSADA, the Ministry of Sport and the National Olympic Committee) had to publicly accept the reported outcome of the McLaren Investigation; and
- the Russian Government had to provide access to the stored samples and electronic data in the former Moscow Laboratory (see RUSADA: Roadmap to Compliance dated 2 August 2017 and published by WADA).
- RUSADA and the Russian Ministry of Sport must procure that the authentic Information Management System (LIMS) data and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory set out in the WADA President's letter of 22 June 2018 are received by WADA (via access to the data by an independent expert agreeable to both WADA and the Russian authorities) by no later than 31 December 2018;
- RUSADA and the Russian Ministry of Sport must procure that any re-analysis of samples required by WADA following review of such data is completed by no later than 30 June 2019; and
- In accordance with the RUSADA Roadmap to Compliance, a successful audit of RUSADA must be carried out within four months to ensure RUSADA continues to meet compliance standards.