London - UK Anti-Doping boss Nicole Sapstead has blasted the
World Anti-Doping Agency over the vote on reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping
WADA's executive committee is expected to lift the
three-year suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency at a meeting in the
Seychelles on Thursday.
WADA's compliance review last week recommended lifting the
suspension after being satisfied that Russia had met the final two outstanding
conditions of a "roadmap" to rehabilitation.
The move comes despite Russia failing to meet two criteria
on a 31-point compliance agreed with WADA after the country's doping programme
Reinstating RUSADA would pave the way for Russian athletes
to return to competition across all sports.
WADA's recommendation has been widely criticised, with the
United States Anti-Doping Agency accusing the agency of dealing a blow to
"millions of clean athletes."
Joining the chorus of disapproval, UKAD chief executive
Sapstead said: "I don't think it's good governance that something this
fundamental should be tabled for a decision at the 11th hour without properly
consulting your stakeholders, most notably the athletes.
"This just looks bad, so bad. What happened to
accountability and transparency? I am very uncomfortable that athletes and the
anti-doping community have been given such a short time to respond and react to
something so important.
"Nobody has adequately explained why we are
sidestepping the roadmap - I don't remember anybody's arms being twisted to
agree to it.
"What does this say about WADA's leadership? What does
this say about how we'd respond if, God forbid, it happened with another
country? I think they'd say, 'well, you backtracked last time and made a deal,
surely we can do that as well'.
"In times like this you need to hold the line. And if
you have to move that line then you should at least have the courtesy to
explain why, not in this deceitful and underhand way. This is patronising to us
and patronising to athletes."