A co-operation agreement between the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on an anti-doping programme in Russia has been signed.
After a report published by an independent commission established by WADA in November made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics, the All-Russia Athletics Federation received a provisional suspension from the IAAF.
WADA then declared RUSADA non-compliant with the world anti-doping code and sent a team of experts, including delegates from UKAD, to Moscow to explore means by which an anti-doping programme could continue during the period of non-compliance.
WADA has now announced that a deal to continue testing in Russia has been reached, with RUSADA and UKAD in the final stages of agreeing details.
“WADA is pleased to confirm that an agreement between UKAD, RUSADA and WADA has been signed,” a statement read.
“RUSADA and UKAD are in the final stages of agreeing on the detail required to deliver a testing programme during RUSADA’s period of non-compliance.
“As part of the project, UKAD will initiate a Test Distribution Plan (TDP) to ensure that the necessary testing takes place during RUSADA’s period of non-compliance.
“UKAD will ensure that targeted and intelligence-led testing is carried out on Russian athletes, and is responsible for continued coordination with the appropriate sport federations during this period.
“Results management of all cases will be managed by a designated independent body, with full oversight by WADA.
“Separately, WADA is working directly with RUSADA, assisting the agency in its efforts to regain Code compliance.”
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