CCES calls on WADA to defer decision regarding RUSADA’s compliance status
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) – (Ottawa, Ontario – September 18, 2018) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Canada’s national anti-doping organization, is troubled by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) statements issued September 14 and 15 regarding the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the WADA Executive Committee.
Due to the lack of transparency and communication demonstrated by WADA about its plans to table RUSADA’s reinstatement at the WADA Executive Committee meeting on September 20, the CCES recommends deferring the issue until the next Executive Committee and Foundation Board meeting in November. This delay would provide adequate time for WADA and the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to share information with stakeholders well in advance of the meeting on the clear rationale for how it believes RUSADA has now met all conditions of the RUSADA: Roadmap to Compliance. WADA’s decision must be principled and athlete-centered if it hopes to maintain athletes’ confidence in the global anti-doping system.