The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said that its compliance review committee (CRC) has recommended the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which has been suspended since 2015 for alleged state-backed doping.
As reported by Reuters, WADA said the committee had reviewed a letter from the Russian sports ministry which has “sufficiently acknowledged the issues identified in Russia”, thus fulfilling the first of two remaining criteria for its reinstatement.
WADA added, “For the second outstanding criterion, the CRC accepted that the new commitment to provide access to the data and samples in the Moscow laboratory to WADA via an independent expert would be sufficient to justify reinstatement…”
WADA's executive committee will meet on September 20th to review RUSADA's efforts to bring about reinstatement.
Russia’s anti-doping agency has been suspended since 2015 after a WADA commissioned report revealed alleged widespread doping in the country, although Russia has repeatedly denied state involvement.