MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The situation with the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is developing dramatically, but in accordance with expectations, Margarita Pakhnotskaya, RUSADA’s deputy director-general said on Saturday, after a WADA key panel issued a recommendation to strip RUSADA of its status of compliance.

On Friday, the Compliance Review Committee recommended WADA’s Executive Committee to send RUSADA a notice of non-compliance with a critical requirement of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories, the recommendation risking to rob Russian athletes of their chance to participate in international competitions, including next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

WADA’s Executive Committee will make the final decision of whether or not to follow the panel’s recommendation and strip RUSADA of the status of compliance during an emergency meeting on December 9.


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