WADA athlete committee condemn decision to readmit Russia

Russia has “always” been required to accept the findings of inquiry and provide access to the thousands of samples stored in the laboratory, but “in our view none of this has happened, and therefore there should be no discussion of reinstatement”, the statement said.

“It is for Rusada to be compliant, not for Wada to change its conditions to make Rusada compliant….Clean athletes of the world want to send a clear and simple message; Rusada cannot be declared compliant until all outstanding items in the road map have been completely fulfilled and delivered, new roadmaps and promises are not enough.”

On Saturday, an official, named by Telegraph sources as athletes chief Beckie Scott, resigned after becoming “extremely frustrated” at Wada’s determination to allow Russia’s dramatic return.

Scott, a Canadian former cross-country skiing Olympic champion and chair of the Wada athlete committee, had previously expressed concern that Russia was not being punished severely enough. One source said the committee member was “extremely frustrated by the process and the substantive decision.”

Wada suggested reaching a compromise to lift sanctions against anti-doping agency (Rusada)  months ago, it is claimed. The BBC reported Wada’s president Sir Craig Reedie and director general Olivier Niggli wrote a letter to Russia’s sports minister in June saying “this is the most opportune time to deal with the two unresolved conditions”.

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