President Witold Banka of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has affirmed his intention to monitor doping controls carried out in Russia a little more, despite the conflict with Ukraine.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is still monitoring testing operations in Russia ahead of the decision to re-enter the country, despite complications caused by the war in Ukraine, President Witold Banka said on Tuesday.
The current two-year ban from international sport imposed by WADA on Russia for widespread, state-sponsored violations of anti-doping regulations expires at the end of the year.
Some Russians have gone on to compete internationally as athletes "neutral"including the last two Olympics, but the country's isolation after the start of the war further complicated the doping control process.
Banka, who reiterated WADA's condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a"special military operation"said that the organization is still able to monitor the work of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
“We have an open line of communication with RUSADA to make sure the war is not a cheater's paradise. We're watching them closely to see what they're doing... We haven't shut down that line of communication."the Pole told reporters at the AMA's Global Education Conference in Sydney.
What will happen in the next weeks, the next months, due to the war and the situation in Ukraine, and the Russian situation, is still difficult to predict: “We have to wait until the end of the year, we monitor what they are doing, see in the weeks or months to come what happens in terms of re-entry into the system.”
RUSADA said this week it had completed its investigation into figure skater Kamila Valieva's positive test and would soon hold hearings into the case.
Valieva failed a doping test at the Russian national championships in December 2021, but the result was not announced until February 8, a day after helping her team win a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. : “We know the hearing date so we have to wait for the decision and then WADA will decide what to do”added Banka.
“We are following this issue very closely and last month I expressed my desire that they must speed up the process. Now that we know the hearing could take place very soon. Let's see."
The skaters from the United States and Japan, who finished second and third behind the Russian team in Beijing, have still not received their medals and their wait will be extended in the event that WADA appeals any sanction from the RUSADA inflicted on Valieva.
Earlier at the conference, Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) announced that supplements, which once caused up to a third of the country's doping cases, were not responsible for any positive tests for Australian athletes in 2021. -22.
“It is a great achievement and clearly shows the power of education”Banka said. “Education is the best way to prevent doping in sport. It is increasingly becoming an essential pillar of what we do as the World Anti-Doping Agency.”