President Witold Banka of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed his intention to monitor doping controls carried out in Russia a little more, despite the conflict with Ukraine.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is still monitoring testing operations in Russia ahead of a decision to re-enter the country despite complications caused by the war in Ukraine, President Witold Banka said on Tuesday.
The current two-year international sports ban imposed on Russia by WADA for widespread state-sponsored anti-doping violations will expire at the end of the year.
Some Russians have gone on to compete internationally as athletes “neutral”including the last two Olympics, but the country’s isolation after the start of the war made the doping control process even more complicated.
Bank, who reiterated WADA’s condemnation of what Moscow calls Russia’s invasion of Ukraine“special military operation”stated that the organization is still able to monitor the work of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
“We have an open line of communication with RUSADA to make sure that the war is not a cheater’s paradise. We are watching them closely to see what they are doing… We have not stopped this line of communication.”Poliak told reporters at the AMA Global Education Conference in Sydney.
What will happen in the coming weeks, months, because of the war and the situation in Ukraine and the situation in Russia, it is still difficult to predict: “We have to wait until the end of the year, we’re monitoring what they’re doing, we’ll see in the next weeks or months what happens in terms of re-entering the system.”
RUSADA announced this week that it has closed its investigation into figure skater Kamila Valiev’s positive test and will soon hold a hearing in the case.
Valieva failed a doping test at the Russian national championships in December 2021, but the result was not announced until February 8, a day after she helped her team win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. : “We know the date of the hearing, so we have to wait for the decision and then WADA will decide what to do.”added the Bank.
“We are following this matter very closely and last month I expressed my wish that they should speed up the process. Now that we know, a hearing could happen very soon. Let’s see.”
The skaters from the United States and Japan, who finished second and third behind the Russian team in Beijing, have still not received their medals and their wait will be extended if WADA appeals any RUSADA sanction imposed on Valeeva.
Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) announced earlier at the conference that dietary supplements, which once caused up to a third of the country’s doping cases, were not responsible for any positive tests of Australian athletes in 2021. -22.
“This is a great achievement and clearly shows the power of education”said the Bank. “Education is the best way to prevent doping in sports. It is increasingly becoming a core pillar of what we do as the World Anti-Doping Agency.”