The situation with doping in Russia “has changed”, and although “there are still athletes who dope, as in all countries”, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency now has a roadmap and has every chance of returning to the system if it complies with the rules and remains independent from the government, says the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Banka.
Interviewed by the Polish newspaper RepublicBanka stated that “we are no longer facing an unprecedented support system for doping”, which he partially attributed to the Russian government and which, he said, “at the time shocked the world of sport.” “The Russians have been punished, we have put an end to the saga,” concluded the former Polish Sports Minister, adding that now it only remains “to watch what happens to them.”
In any case, the reincorporation of RUSADA, as the Russian Anti-Doping Agency is known, in the WADA system “is not a question of the next few weeks or months,” Banka warned.
In December last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) ruled that RUSADA does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and banned Russian athletes from competitions under the national flag for two years. Currently, the Russian entity is working with the WADA to restore its status and comply with the conditions imposed by the TAS.
For his part, the acting director of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, Mikhail Bukhanov, told in his recent interview to Match TV that “the crisis is not over yet” and it is necessary to “reduce its impact and consequences.” “WADA sent us a plan, a roadmap to solve the non-compliance of RUSADA. It is serious and concrete work, without politics. That is what I am focusing on,” Bukhanov said.