Montreal - The World Anti-Doping Agency has maintained its
suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) over its failure to
follow a roadmap necessary to regain compliant status, officials said on
Speaking after WADA's executive committee met behind closed
doors ahead of a Foundation Board meeting on Thursday, director general Olivier
Niggli said there had been no change in RUSADA's status.
"There was no need for a vote (...) nothing has
changed," Niggli said.
Another executive committee member confirmed the suspension
was still in force.
"It's still the status quo," said the official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The decision to maintain RUSADA's "non-compliant"
status had been expected.
RUSADA has been at the centre of a standoff between WADA and
Russian authorities ever since the body's suspension in November 2015 following
revelations of a vast doping scandal involving Moscow's main drug-testing
WADA had warned RUSADA will continue to be ruled
non-compliant until Russia accepts the findings of its bombshell McLaren
report, which uncovered a vast doping conspiracy spanning several years, and
allows WADA inspectors into the Moscow testing laboratory.
WADA has issued a roadmap detailing the path RUSADA must
take to regain compliant status and rejoin the ranks of recognised testing
The agency has already been allowed to resume doping
controls under the supervision of WADA-appointed monitors and the UK
RUSADA's new director-general, Yuri Ganus, meanwhile, has
repeatedly vowed to restore trust in the tarnished testing agency.
However, WADA maintains Russia has still failed to meet two
key conditions necessary for it to regain its compliant status, namely granting
access to the Moscow laboratory and samples that may have been stored there, as
well as fully accepting the findings of the McLaren report.
RUSADA chief Ganus on Wednesday called on authorities to
grant WADA full access to samples being held in the Moscow laboratory.
"We have for a long time restricted access to samples
in the Moscow laboratory, which belongs to the International Olympic Committee
and the international federations," Ganus was quoted as saying by TASS
"In doing that, we are violating the rules of the World
Anti-Doping Agency, whose right is to conduct additional inspections," he
said at a forum in Saint Petersburg.
"I don't understand why we can't guarantee them access
to the samples. Especially since, as you know, this is a matter of trust,"
Ganus continued, adding that he has told Russian authorities allowing access
was of "the utmost importance."