RUSADA can again lose its status if it does not fulfill the set conditions.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the meeting of the Executive Committee restored the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The majority of the members of the executive committee voted for the restoration.
However, RUSADA will again be stripped of its status if by the end of the year WADA does not have access to the samples of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, “because these conditions are critical and lead to a status of non-compliance.”
For Russian athletes, this is not a big change – the essence of the lifting of sanctions is that the doping tests will be checked again in Russia, whereas earlier it was done by independent laboratories of other countries.
The status of RUSADA was withdrawn in 2015 after a report on the allegedly existing system of mass doping in Russia. This report was part of the investigation, after which Russian athletes and Paralympic athletes were removed from the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Also, because of the sanctions imposed on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Russian athletes competed under the neutral flag at the Games in Pyeongchang in 2018. OCD was reinstated in late February.