RUSADA may lose its status again if it does not fulfill the set conditions.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at a meeting of the executive committee restored the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Most members of the executive committee voted for the restoration.
However, RUSADA will again be deprived of its status if, by the end of the year, WADA does not get access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory samples, “because these conditions are critical and lead to a non-compliance status.”
For Russian athletes, this does not entail major changes – the essence of the lifting of sanctions lies in the fact that doping tests will again be checked in Russia, whereas previously independent laboratories of other countries were engaged in this.
The status of RUSADA was recalled in 2015 after a report on the system of mass consumption of doping allegedly existing in Russia. This report became part of the investigation, after which Russian athletes and Paralympians were removed from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Also, because of the sanctions imposed on the Olympic Committee of Russia (ROC), Russian legoatlets performed under a neutral flag at the Games in Pyeongchang in 2018. OCD was reinstated in late February.