The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will receive by December 31 a package of documents from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on the disagreement with sanctions against Russian sports, RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus said on Friday.
On December 19, the RUSADA Supervisory Board recommended the agency’s Founders Council to disagree with WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) sanctions against Russian sports and to take this case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne. Earlier in the day, RUSADA sent an official notification of its disagreement to WADA and the global anti-doping body will now have to submit this case with the Swiss-based court, TASS reports.
"DHL [delivery service] informed us that the package of documents would be delivered directly to the office of WADA before December 31. WADA has already received a notification about the delivery dates," Ganus told journalists.
"The package of documents will be further processed and submitted to the court, which will be setting up a panel of judges," Ganus continued. "We believe that the hearings on the case will be over in April or May, if no complicated technical expertise is required."
On Tuesday, participants in the RUSADA General Meeting unanimously approved a recommendation of the agency’s Supervisory Board to issue a disagreement with sanctions against Russian sports proposed by WADA.
On December 9, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the recommendations of its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to revoke the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and to strip Russia of the right to participate in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for a period of four years.
The WADA ExCo also ruled that Russia must not host, or bid for hosting any major international sports tournament in this four-year period. Russian state officials, as well as the staff of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), were banned from attending all major international sports tournaments for this four-year period.
On November 25, the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) reiterated its previous recommendation for the world anti-doping body’s Executive Committee to strip RUSADA of its compliance status and came up with a recommendation of additional sanctions against Russian sports.
The world’s governing anti-doping body announced on September 23 that it had initiated a probe into the compliance status of RUSADA with the organization’s Code based on inconsistencies found in the data from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.
Specialists from WADA were granted access to the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory in January this year and copied 24 terabytes of information on Russian athletes’ doping samples collected between 2012 and 2015. WADA experts finished their work to retrieve doping samples from the Moscow Lab on April 30 having collected 2,262 doping samples in 4,524 containers (Samples A and B).