Non-Compliance Hearing Between WADA And RUSADA Will Not Be Public

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.

The CAS staged its first public hearing since 1999 for the case of WADA vs. Sun Yang and FINA back in November.


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.

After collecting data in January, an independent WADA compliance committee opened a case against RUSADA and recommended that it be declared non-compliant for a period of four years in September.

In December, RUSADA formally appealed the sanctions. On January 9th, WADA filed a formal request for arbitration with CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland to resolve the dispute.

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1 year ago

Russia probably $hitting bricks rn

1 year ago

If the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) can implement a ban on Sun Yan for 8 years (which he is appealing). Then the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) should punish Russia heavily for their reprehensible conduct, which is 100 times more serious that Sun Yan’s action. If Russia receives a lesser ban that Sun Yan, then the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s credibility will be in tatters. Furthermore, likewise, if Australian swimmer Shayna Jack is let off, then both China and Russia will be outraged as well as numerous other countries. It’s so important that both WADA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s get their next two judgments against Russia and Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, correct and… Read more »

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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