A two-year ban on Russia expired this month and the country is working hard to be reinstated, Veronika Loginova says
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is doing everything in its power to ensure reintegration into the international governing body of WADA, but there is no certainty that this will happen in the near future, according to Managing Director Veronika Loginova.
“There is no guarantee of reinstatement [with the World Anti-Doping Agency]. The issue has recently been raised very often in various meetings and round tables,” Loginova told TASS in an interview published on Tuesday.
“Everyone says: where are the guarantees? I repeat: there is none. But does it follow that we should give up and do nothing?
WADA imposed a four-year ban on Russia from major international sports in December 2019 after allegations that data from a Moscow lab had been manipulated – claims Russian officials have denied.
Sanctions were later reduced to two years on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but still meant Russian athletes were forced to compete without their national flag and anthem at events such as the Olympics in Russia. summer of 2020 and the Winter Games of 2022.
The ban officially ended on December 17, although WADA President Witold Banka warned in advance that RUSADA would not be automatically reinstated and would still have to go through several stages of compliance checks.
He also suggested that trust issues remain with RUSADA – which Loginova says should not be the case.
“RUSADA, within its jurisdiction, is taking comprehensive steps to fulfill all restoration conditions prescribed in the CAS decision,” Loginova told TASS.
“We will continue to do everything in our power to restore compliance status as soon as possible.
“We are as open as possible. I think there can be no more mistrust between RUSADA and WADA.”
Loginova pointed out that Russia is taking steps to ensure that its national legislation is aligned with that of WADA and settles all payments for testing services, monitoring and legal fees.
WADA and RUSADA are currently at odds over the case of Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for a banned heart drug, trimetazidine, in a sample taken in December 2021.
WADA accused RUSADA of delaying its handling of the investigation, which Loginova disputed. RUSADA also said the case should be kept confidential, given that Valieva is 16 years old.
Loginova added that any disagreement with WADA regarding the figure skater was a “separate issue” to that of broader reintegration for his organization.
“These are two separate processes. And just recently, a similar opinion was expressed by the management of the AMA. Loginova said.
“At the moment, all internal procedures and policies followed by the results processing department are fully compliant with international standards.”
Loginova suggested it could take up to a year for RUSADA to be fully reintegrated into WADA, but pledged to stay engaged in the process.
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