WADA full of praise as independent expert completes work in Moscow after helping with RUSADA reinstatement process

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has praised the work of independent expert Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene who has completed her work in Moscow after helping with the reinstatement process of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Lukosiute-Stanikuniene, the director of Lithuania’s anti-doping agency and a Council of Europe official, and Australia’s Peter Nicholson, a former war crimes investigator, were tasked with helping to rebuild trust in RUSADA in April 2016.

Nicholson took on the project for a two-year period and RUSADA deputy director general Margarita Pakhnotskaya has now told Russia’s official state news agency TASS that Lukosiute-Stanikuniene has wrapped up her work.

“The work of the independent WADA expert in Russia was rounded up as the earlier concluded contract on the issue between RUSADA and WADA expired,” she said.

“The whole team of RUSADA is grateful to Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene for her major contribution into the development of all RUSADA’s spheres of activities.

“We are thankful to her for the improvements within RUSADA and the Russian anti-doping policies, for her support and readiness to help everyone with everything.”

When contacted by insidethegames about the completion of Lukosiute-Stanikuniene’s work, WADA spoke highly of what had been carried out over the past three years.

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