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• Bańka defends WADA over handling of Russia crisis and amid US criticism

July 05, 2020

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Bańka believes time has shown the watchdog made the correct decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in 2018, while he has again defended the organisation from American criticism.

Bańka, speaking to Polish website The First News, addressed recent tensions with the United States following the publication of a White House Office for National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) report and efforts to pass the Rodchenkov Act into law.

The Pole inherited the fall-out of the Russian doping crisis when he assumed the WADA Presidency earlier this year, following his election last year to replace Sir Craig Reedie.

RUSADA was controversially reinstated by WADA in 2018, with the move breaking a period of deadlock and leading to access to Moscow Laboratory.

In December, WADA’s Executive Committee approved the recommendation of its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to again deem RUSADA non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, for failing to provide an "authentic" copy of the laboratory's data.

The CRC has alleged that this data was manipulated before being handed over to investigators, which was a requirement for restoring RUSADA's compliance with the code in September 2018.

Among the sanctions WADA has imposed on RUSADA is a four-year ban on the Russian flag flying at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

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