From Inside the Games

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) bid for reinstatement has been given a major boost after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced they could resume testing today.

RUSADA has been granted permission to “plan and coordinate” testing, providing it is carried out under the supervision of WADA-appointed international experts and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

The decision of the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) raises the possibility of RUSADA regaining compliance at the WADA Foundation Board meeting in Seoul in November.

RUSADA has been non-compliant since November 2015 following the WADA Independent Commission findings into state-sponsored doping in athletics.

“While there is still more to be done, WADA recognises this milestone as a key component of the roadmap towards compliance,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.

“After much work by the Agency and its partners, resumption of testing represents an important step forward in rebuilding anti-doping in Russia.

“We strongly encourage Russia to continue their efforts in the interest of clean athletes worldwide.”

Today’s announcement comes after WADA confirmed their CRC were “satisfied” RUSADA had fulfilled the requirements for recompliance.

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