WADA Reinstates Russia With Lower-Than-Planned Standards of Compliance

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) voted Thursday to officially reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), officially ending the nearly three-year suspension of the Russian organization. Though the original standards for Russian reinstatement have not been met, WADA’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) suggested that RUSADA should be reinstated under amended criteria.

RUSADA and WADA remained in gridlock for months as former President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov repeatedly refused to comply with two outstanding criteria put forward in the RUSADA Roadmap to Compliance laid out by WADA. First, Russia was ordered to publicly accept and acknowledge the findings of the 2016 McLaren Report, which revealed the existence of a State-sponsored doping scheme in Russian Sports. Second, RUSADA was commanded to allow WADA officials access to the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, its samples and data. Now, however, the standards for Russian compliance have been lowered to the following:

Zhukov and the ROC would not accept the full findings of the McLaren Report, citing an “evolution of wording,” which Zhukov cited as vindication of the Russian government for its role in Russian doping. In a separate report led by Samuel Schmid of the IOC Disciplinary Commission, the wording regarding the role of the State in Russian doping was described as “An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the Ministry of Sport and its infrastructure, such as RUSADA, CSP and the Moscow Laboratory, along with the FSB for the purposes of manipulating doping controls.

Athletes and other governing bodies of sport from around the world have responded to WADA’s accelerated plan to reinstate RUSADA, including the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and the USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee, which urged WADA to stand with athletes and demand Russia be held to the strict standards originally set for its reinstatement. Prior to the vote to reinstate RUSADA, the IOC Athletes’ Committee tweeted that it “agreed in principle with the recommendations made” by WADA’s CRC, and that it also “would like to see a clear process & timeline for receiving & fully verifying the lab data.”

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SUM Ting Wong
4 years ago

Quite likely the deal was made that 1000s of Russian athletes would not seek compensation through the courts for an acceptable re instatement in favour of Russia.

Just as I accept the CAS appeal reduced the suspension for Cox’s positive, you guys have to accept the 1000s of Russian athletes that were exonerated . There was quite a damning assessment of Grigori the star witness which significantly reduced the veracity of the McClaren Report as judicial argument .

On with the show!

Reply to  SUM Ting Wong
4 years ago


SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

The Great Game goes on . It is just the way it is .There is always some Monster people somewhere doing Monster things . Burmese are getting the treatment but they don’t have any sports stars. Finally enough they always have something we want.


Reply to  SUM Ting Wong
4 years ago

Your talking apples and oranges but I still kinda get what your saying! Unfortunately until RUSADA agrees to complete transparency it’s their own athletes their harming. If they have a history of covering up doping and wish to dispel that current mantra what’s the harm in being completely transparent? In their unwillingness to follow guidelines and procedures it only makes them appear to be guilty. Do your current athletes a favor and conform to whatever guidelines you need to to dispel the cloud of suspicion they currently are under because of your past behavior. In refusing to meet the guidelines they are harming their own clean athletes.

4 years ago

The MacLaren report confirmed state-sponsored doping. How bad does it need to be before WADA acts responsibly? Watch ICARUS.

4 years ago

that’s bad. If the drug enforcement agencies don’t doping that seriously, how are the athletes?

4 years ago


4 years ago

I guess I knew they’d eventually get their status back, not sure lowering the standard is how I thought it’d happen.


Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  HulkSwim
4 years ago

As someone said on another article, the check must have cleared…..

Becky D
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago


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