The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has held meetings on Thursday and made major decisions most notably one decision that impacts the Paralympics as they made decisions concerning Russia.
At the meetings throughout the day on Thursday WADA decided on the next steps for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). In addition to that decision they also approved a framework for an Investigations Policy.
In the first major decision of the day the WADA Independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) received approval for a non-compliance framework. The new framework would allow for graded, proportionate, and predictable consequences for breaching the code. The final approval will come at the November board meeting and those changes could come in to effect in 2018.
The CRC then went on to recommend that RUSADA be permitted to plan, co-ordinate and begin testing using their trained Doping Control Officers (DCOs). This testing will be done under two WADA experts and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after RUSADA meets conditions.
“WADA will keep working with Russia to help them return to compliance as soon as possible, which we are resolutely focused on doing,” said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA. “WADA, UKAD and our independent experts have been working tirelessly with RUSADA and firmly believe that allowing them to restart testing, under supervision, is a right step, in the right direction,” Niggli continued. “Then, it will be a matter for RUSADA to meet the remaining reinstatement criteria that is outlined within an agreed roadmap.”
In addition to all of this WADA has strengthened their Intelligence and Investigations Department, who had finalized a policy and framework. That framework was approved, giving the department full independence. Part of that framework includes a new Whistleblower Programme which appears to be getting off to a strong start.
WADA has a big impact on Paralympic sport and these changes should lead to clean para sport in the following year.