— Published 29 July 2022

Russians will always be tested

During the conflict, the tests continue. This is, in substance, the message delivered by Witold Banka (photo above), the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), about the situation of Russian athletes since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. Present in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, the Polish leader assured that the anti-doping tests of Russian athletes would continue, even if the vast majority of them are banned from all international competitions. Witold Banka acknowledges that Russia’s long history with doping makes WADA extremely cautious about the current operation of the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA), and thus the processing and sending of test results. “I won’t say I’m confident,” he admitted in Birmingham before the opening of the Commonwealth Games. “We are monitoring what they are doing. We always have an open line of communication with RUSADA to make sure that the war doesn’t give a free pass to cheaters.”