Russia will have to wait a little longer before being reinstated on the list of countries meeting the anti-doping requirements. Suspended in December 2020 for a period of two years, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is still not deemed compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. WADA’s press office explained this on Wednesday 10 May, in response to a request for clarification from the TASS agency. “The executive committee received an update on the current status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which is still not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code,” WADA said in a statement. “This is related to the decision taken in 2020 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to declare RUSADA non-compliant and to implement a number of consequences on Russian sport for a period of two years. RUSADA will remain non-compliant until WADA has been able to verify that it meets each of the conditions for reinstatement set by CAS.” Five months after the end of its suspension, RUSADA is still waiting for its sanction to be lifted. And she may well have to wait again. As a reminder, WADA had initially requested a four-year suspension, but CAS reduced it to two years.
— Published 11 May 2023