The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now reviewed the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Independent Tribunal’s decision in the Maria Sharapova case. The Tribunal found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years was imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.
After reviewing the decision in full, including the reasoning that led to the Tribunal’s decision, WADA today confirms that it will not be exercising its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
We acknowledge that Ms. Sharapova has today lodged her own appeal to CAS. The ITF will be the respondent in the appeal. As with all cases, and in order to respect the integrity of the legal process, WADA will refrain from commenting on the case until a decision has been rendered by CAS.
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President Vladimir Putin yesterday said Russia will give “every assistance” to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors probing allegations of organized doping among its Olympic athletes.
“If there are any doubts, they need to be eliminated,” Putin said during a televised news conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“I have instructed the sports ministry and all the Russian government agencies and institutions to provide WADA inspectors with every assistance in organizing their work.”
WADA is investigating sensational claims published in an interview with The New York Times with the former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, as well as allegations made by Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.
Rodchenkov, who has fled to the United States, gave details of an organised doping campaign including at least 15 medalists during the Sochi Games, with the close involvement of the sports ministry and the FSB security service.
Putin said that the investigation into Russian athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs comes “against a backdrop of politically motivated restrictions in respect to our country”, referring to Western sanctions over Ukraine.
“But I hope that WADA’s actions are not in any way linked to this,” the Kremlin strongman said.
Russian prosecutors said Thursday that they have launched an inquiry into doping allegations involving athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Sochi, and would be requesting information from WADA.
The announcement came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that 31 athletes from 12 countries had failed doping tests following new examinations of samples taken during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Russia meanwhile is scrambling to reform its scandal-ridden anti-doping program in time for its track and field stars to compete at the Rio Olympics in August.
Athletics’ international governing body, the IAAF, provisionally suspended Russia in November over a bombshell report by WADA independent commission that found evidence of state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in Russian athletics.
The IAAF will rule on Russia’s participation at the Rio Games at an extraordinary Council meeting in Vienna next month.
The statement comes after WADA president Craig Reedie urged Russia to give WADA drug testers unfettered access to athletes in its so-called ‘closed cities’.
Reedie wrote to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko two weeks after a German WADA official was threatened with deportation by Russia’s FSB intelligence service for trying to test a Paralympic athlete in the closed city of Tryokhgorny, according to a report in the Times of London.
“These kinds of actions are totally unacceptable and full access to these ‘closed cities’ must be guaranteed,” Reedie told the Times. The term refers to towns where Russia restricts the movements of foreigners because they are home to national security installations.
Reedie, who has been criticized in some media for appearing to take a soft line towards Moscow on the issue, said Russia was dragging its feet over improving its anti-doping system and ruled out compliance in time for the Rio Olympics, which start in August.
“We are having to deal very firmly with a never-ending set of issues in Russia.”
“I think it highly unlikely they will be compliant by the time of the Olympic Games. Our roadmap could take two years to implement at the current rate,” he said.
Montreal, 17 June 2016 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) fully supports the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Council decision taken today, at its meeting in Vienna, to maintain the suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF). The suspension was first imposed by the IAAF on 13 November 2015 further to the findings of WADA’s Independent Commission into widespread doping in Russian Athletics.
The IAAF Council unanimously endorsed the IAAF Task Force recommendation that they uphold ARAF’s suspension until further notice. The recommendation was the result of ARAF’s failure to satisfy the reinstatement criteria that had been established by the Task Force; which was in part due to a continued “deep-seated culture of tolerance (or worse) for doping; and the inability to create a strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure capable of detecting and deterring doping. WADA acknowledges that the suspension means that under IAAF Rules, Russian track and field athletes are ineligible to compete in international competitions, including the European Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“WADA fully supports the IAAF Council’s decision to uphold its Task Force’s recommendation to maintain Russian suspension,” said Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA. “The Agency applauds the outcome and the process that the IAAF Council followed by appointing an independent Task Force to evaluate ARAF’s compliance,” he said.
Reedie continued, “WADA is now anticipating the outcomes of its own independent McLaren Investigation that was formed on 18 May, which is examining further allegations of doping in Russia. On 15 June, WADA also issued an updated report concerning Russian testing during their period of non-compliance, which outlined very serious limitations to Russia’s program. In view of today’s decision by the IAAF; the allegations that Professor McLaren’s team is currently investigating, including their preliminary findings revealing that there is sufficient corroborated evidence to confirm manipulation of athlete doping samples; and, the present status of Russian testing; it is clear that there is a serious need for culture change in Russia within government and among sports leaders, athletes and athlete support personnel,” Reedie continued.
Today, Professor McLaren issued a statement concerning ‘preliminary findings’, which were shared with the IAAF Task Force, to the effect that there is: “sufficient corroborated evidence to confirm…a mandatory state-directed manipulation of laboratory analytical results operating within the Moscow-accredited laboratory from at least 2011 forward including the period of the IAAF World Championships in 2013”.
The full McLaren Investigation Report is to be delivered to the WADA President by 15 Julyand published in full within five days of receipt. The President can extend the mandate if he deems it necessary or appropriate.
WADA wholeheartedly supports the IAAF’s recommendation to allow any individual athlete, ‘who has made an extraordinary contribution to the fight against doping in sport’ to apply for such permission. The IAAF particularly noted Yuliya Stepanova, who was instrumental in exposing the widespread doping in Russian athletics that launched WADA’s Independent Commission. WADA reiterates its full support for Ms. Stepanova’s return to international competition.Continue Reading
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Montreal, 8 June 2016 – WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.
As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
SAADC organizes the 5th Training Course to qualify Doping Control Officers on Thursday 26 May 2016 over three days at Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Olympic Complex in Riyadh.
During the course, participants will receive theoretical and scientific lectures, in addition to practical workshops from an elite group of WADA-accredited DCOs in Saudi Arabia.
50 DCOs will be qualified by the course, through which they will be armed with the required training that qualifies them to be DCOs after passing the written and practical exams. SAADC seeks to expand the anti-doping domain and increase the number of samples to be tested.
It’s worth-mentioning that SAADC had previously held 4 training courses for qualifying DCOs, some of whom acquired the WADA recognition and became one of the pillars that SAADC relies on in the implementation of the doping control programs at the national and international levels. Moreover, many organizations and international federations seek the assistance of the Saudi DCOs in implementing their doping control programs during international competitions.Continue Reading
The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee has held an awareness symposium for members of our youth national football team in their camp at the Eastern region. This activity comes within the Saudi Anti-Doping Program; the most important axes of which is to implement awareness programs among teams of different age groups.
SAADC’s Secretary General, Mr. Abdulaziz Almasaed has presented the visual-display lecture addressing all aspects related to Anti-Doping; starting from the introduction of SAADC with its mission & function, Anti-Doping rule violations, sanctions, prohibited substances in sport and their damages on health; ways of preventing them, to an explanation about the mechanism of sample collection and how to save the athletes’ rights throughout all the doping control procedures. At the end of the symposium, an open discussion was initiated to give the players an opportunity to ask their questions.
Mr. Ali Al shoailan; manager of the national youth team has appreciated SAADC’s cooperation with the Administration of Teams Affairs for the dissemination of anti-doping culture and its expected positive results on the future of athletes. He asserted that such activities are playing a very important role in unveiling the dangers of doping on the players’ health especially that those players are so young and in a very crucial stage in the football realm. Players had, also, a chance to be briefed on the updated Prohibited List.
SAADC extends its thanks and appreciation to the administration of the team for their cooperation and contribution to make it possible presenting this program to the stars of the Kingdom’s team. Our best wishes with success for the team in the next AFC Youth.Continue Reading