Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

WADA looks for power to sanction cheating countries, sports

WADA looks for power to sanction cheating countries, sports

"Compliance with the anti-conflict of interest policy and the adoption of amendments to the RUSADA charter on forming the supervisory board and on the procedure of electing its chair and vice chair are the first two conditions that must be met".

Russia's anti-doping agency, RUSADA, may be able to carry out doping testing before its membership at the World Anti-Doping Agency is formally restored, a senior Russian sports official told TASS.

WADA would appoint a Selection Committee to decide who sits on the ITA.

The information has been confirmed by WADA Deputy Director General Rob Koehler, the Insidethegames media outlet reported.

Koehler didn't specifically mention Isinbayeva in his report, but when pressed by WADA member Dick Pound of the status of "the person about whom everyone has complained", Koehler responded: "To be very clear, as of the 31st of May, the person will be gone".

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Russian Federation has made its stored athlete biological passport samples available and is working to ensure that drug testers will have access to "closed" military cities where athletes have played hide-and-seek, Koehler told the board Thursday. "Once the committee says everything is OK, RUSADA will be immediately allowed to conduct doping tests", he went on. Now the testers themselves need to be tested by working in real-world conditions.

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If the RUSADA vote goes as pledged, WADA's Compliance Review Committee, led by an outside expert, British sports lawyer Jonathan Taylor, will green-light the agency's first forays in the field since it was suspended in late 2015. Still, athletes from other countries have reason to wonder when their Russian counterparts will be subject to anything approaching the same scrutiny, especially with the next Winter Olympic Games approaching in nine months.

"It is not legally possible to force them to join", Fourneyron said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has backed the plan for an independent testing authority (ITA) and said it would be operational in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

McLaren's report had uncovered vast evidence of doping across Russian sport which took place with the connivance of RUSADA. WADA has given Russian Federation a lengthy list of reforms needed to regain its compliance with worldwide anti-doping standards, one of which was Isinbayeva's removal.

The board also agreed to go ahead with plans to sanction bodies such as global sports federations or national Olympic committees found to be breaking anti-doping rules in a similar way in which it punishes athletes.

Like WADA, the ITA will be set up as a Swiss foundation but based in Lausanne.

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