WADA President left frustrated after Russia fails to respond to suggestions aimed at “purifying” compliance criteria

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From Inside the Games

Suggestions aimed at “purifying” the two outstanding criteria required for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be declared compliant have been sent to officials in the country by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but the organisation has not yet received a response, President Sir Craig Reedie has claimed.

Sir Craig told insidethegames that the proposals included “very minor changes to wording of any message admitting the conspiracy” .

It follows a letter being sent to WADA, signed by the likes of Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov and former Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov, in May.

Sports officials called on RUSADA to be declared compliant as they claimed the content met one of the two outstanding criteria, where the responsible authorities for anti-doping in Russia must publically accept the findings of the McLaren Report.

The letter, which sparked a heated exchanged between the sports movement and Government representatives at a fractious Foundation Board meeting in May, was discussed by the WADA Compliance Review Committee in June.

The second requirement – opening the Moscow Laboratory up to WADA inspectors – has also not been met.

Sir Craig said the other proposal sent by WADA to Russian officials was a “helpful suggestion on access to the laboratory”.

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