Published Russia’s response to a special letter to WADA

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German journalist whistleblower doping scandals, Hyo Seppelt published in his Twitter reply from the Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov, on the proposal of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) on the restoration of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) rights.

“To move forward, to regain compliance with the requirements of RUSADA WADA, I agree to take the two remaining conditions of the road map that were mentioned in your letter of June 22,” — said the Russian response to the letter.

It is noted that Russia fully accepts the decision of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from December 5, 2017 based on the findings of the report of the Commission Samuel Schmid on state support of doping in Russia.

“We will provide as soon as possible an independent expert appointed in agreement with WADA and the Investigative Committee, (under the supervision of the Investigative Committee and the conditions of data integrity) to true up the data of the Moscow system, laboratory information management (LIMS) and raw analytical data referred to in your letter”, writes roly-poly.

The exact timing of the expert’s work in Moscow are not called. Sports Minister stresses that this will happen after the restoration of RUSADA in the rights and consent of the Investigative Committee of Russia.

Earlier on September 15, the British newspaper “bi-Bi-si” has published the text of the letter of the President of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Craig reedy and Director-General of the Oliver Niggli Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov. It proposed a compromise solution according to RUSADA. Under the terms, the Committee will restore to the rights, if Russia accepts the Commission’s findings of Richard McLaren and grant access to employees of the WADA not all doping samples from the sealed Moscow anti-doping laboratory, but only to those who arouse suspicion.

In 2015 RUSADA was recognized as inconsistent with the WADA Code. Further proceedings resulted, in particular, to the suspension of some Russian athletes and the deprivation of their Olympic medals 2014. The Russian team was not allowed by the International Olympic Committee to Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, athletes represented the team “Olympic athletes of Russia”.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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