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    WADA Unveils Roadmap to Anti-Doping Compliance for Russian Agency Rusada

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    WADA published a Roadmap to Code Compliance outlining "reinstatement criteria" that Russia’s body Rusada still has to meet.

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a roadmap to code compliance on Wednesday outlining "reinstatement criteria" that Russia’s body Rusada still has to meet.

    The agency said 12 criteria are to be fulfilled before WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee can recommend that Rusada be declared compliant again with the World Anti-Doping Code.

    "The Roadmap has been developed and agreed with RUSADA; as well as, the Ministry of Sport, the National Olympic Committee and the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission," it said in the press release.

    Rusada was declared non-compliant in November 2015 after an independent commission alleged widespread doping in Russian athletics.

    A follow-up inquiry led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in 2016 claimed doping probes had been tampered with at Rusada’s Moscow lab and accused Russian government of running the scheme.

    Russian sports officials rejected accusations but promised to look further into doping abuse in national sports.

    The three-page compliance roadmap indicates that the Russian watchdog has fulfilled 19 WADA criteria so far but still needs to follow through on a few other requirements.

    The world’s anti-doping agency told Rusada, the Russian Sports Ministry and the National Olympic Committee to "publicly accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation."

    The Russian government must also provide access to the stored urine samples at the Moscow lab. The probes are sealed off due to a federal investigation into alleged manipulations.

    Rusada’s supervisory board must pick a new director general via a "transparent, external and objective application and recruitment process." The selection must be monitored by the two international experts.

    WADA will then audit Rusada. The tentative date is September 2017. A second audit is to be conducted within four months of the date from which Rusada achieves compliance, according to the roadmap.

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