In spite of posturing on both sides, the World Ant-Doping Agency’s (WADA) hearing with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and its non-compliance case won’t be public after all, according to a CAS release on the matter Thursday.
Per the release, the hearing “will not be held in public due to the absence of an agreement between all parties concerned”.
In early February, WADA submitted a request to the CAS asking for the hearing to be held in public, with WADA Director General Olivier Niggli claiming “It is WADA’s view – and that of many of our stakeholders – that this dispute at CAS should be held in a public forum to ensure that everybody understands the process and hears the arguments.”
The CAS release also indicates that a timeline for the filing of written submissions has been established and will run through mid-April. The hearing will not take place before the end of April 2020.
After RUSADA was reinstated as compliant back in September of 2018, one of the conditions was that authorities had to grant WADA Intelligence and Investigations access to the authentic Laboratory Information Management System data and underlying raw analytical data contained within the Moscow Laboratory.