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Russia, WADA agreed on roadmap to reform Russian Anti-Doping Agency

The country's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the roadmap has been agreed upon and it is clear what they need to do.

Dec 2, 2015 14:00 IST
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World Anti-Doping AgencyRussia and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) agreed on a package of steps needed to reform Moscow's scandal-ridden Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

The announcement was made on 1 December 2015, three days after Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko met with WADA Director General David Howman in Frankfurt, Germany for talks on how to revamp Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.

He declined to disclose details of the plan and said that information would be made public in the course of the roadmap's implementation.

He, however, said that Russia is set to actively co-operate with foreign partners in the reform of the national anti-doping service.

Background
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia in third week of November 2015 following a report published by a WADA independent commission. The report issued on 9 November 2015 highlighted deficiencies and concerns with Russia’s anti-doping program relating to athletics.

WADA's report accused Russia anti-doping agency RUSADA of routinely violating international testing standards and allowing athletes banned for doping to compete.

RUSADA said, it is addressing the deficiencies identified in the WADA report and was committed to fighting doping.

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