Revelations already in hands of IAAF and Russian authorities for action
Montreal, 7 March 2016 – WADA has viewed, and is dismayed by, the revelations in yesterday’s television documentary released by German broadcaster ARD. The new documentary, titled ‘Russia’s Red Herrings’, contains new allegations suggesting malpractice by a number of individuals involved in the Russian anti-doping system
The documentary alleges that an individual from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) gave advance warning to athletes of testing plans; that an individual connected with the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) was providing banned substances to athletes; and, that a coach that was sanctioned following the WADA Independent Commission Report (Part 1) is still operating as a coach in Russia despite the ban. WADA will verify these allegations and; in particular, seek confirmation as to when the evidence was collected
“At a time when trust in sport is wafer thin, these troubling assertions will do little to reinforce confidence in the Russian anti-doping system when clean athletes need it most,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “The allegations suggest that there is still much, much work to be done in Russia; and, that we will need the full and unwavering cooperation of the Russian authorities to reverse the damage,” he continued. “Until this happens, clean athletes won’t be able to trust that there is a level playing field.”
“These allegations are already in the hands of the IAAF Taskforce, which is the relevant athletics body; as well as, the authorities within Russia. I have no doubt that they will look at these matters without delay and draw the appropriate conclusions,” he added
When sports officials offer banned substances to athletes, deliberately provide advance notice of tests, or continue coaching when they have been banned from coaching, their actions only serve to undercut the globally-accepted system that we have spent years putting in place. These allegations will further disgust clean athletes around the world; and, reinforce in their minds that there is still much work to be done to repair the anti-doping system in Russia,” added Reedie
WADA is already working directly with RUSADA to assist the agency in its efforts to regain World Anti-Doping Code (Code) compliance. Now that testing is being overseen by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the next important step is to install two international experts in Russia to ensure that the anti-doping system is free of undue interference and is fully independent. This will include the review of all current staff. In light of these latest allegations, which will be considered in full by WADA, it is imperative that the two experts begin their work at RUSADA immediately
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‘WADA is aware of the ongoing, and highly publicized, case concerning tennis player, Maria Sharapova. As is our normal process, and in order to protect the integrity of the case, WADA will refrain from commenting further until a decision has been issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following that, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
We can confirm that meldonium was added to the 2016 Prohibited List which took effect on 1 January 2016, having previously been on WADA’s monitoring program for the duration of 2015.
Meldonium was added [to the Prohibited List] because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.’Continue Reading
Yesterday, the 14th RADO meeting of the Gulf States and Yemen, which was hosted by the Saudi capital; Riyadh, concluded its works which lasted for two days.
The meeting was held in the Intercontinental hotel in Riyadh city, where Mr. Adam Klevinas, the WADA Legal Affairs manager presented “Results Management” workshop with the participation of 40 members of the Hearing and Appeal Committees in the Gulf States, whom had been briefed on the explanation of the new rules in the Code and their equivalents in the International Standards. In addition, many discussions about doping issues such as the use or assisting the use or the administration of prohibited substances, took place.
Chairmen of the Anti-Doping Committees in the Gulf States had paid a visit to HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud; General President of Youth Welfare, and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee at his office in Riyadh, in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Saleh Konbaz; Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee, and Mr. Abdulaziz Almasaed; SAADC’s Secretary General, in addition to some members of the Board in SAADC.
HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad had been briefed on the efforts exerted by members of those committees in the field of combating doping in Asia, in the past and the work plan for the future.
HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad had praised SAADC’s efforts in providing anti-doping programs of awareness about rules and regulations and what athletes should be aware of in this regard, as well as the application of the doping control program in all the Saudi sport competitions.
As part of its Anti-Doping awareness program, the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee participateswithinthe activities of Nebras Exhibition for Learning Environments that will be held at the Model Capital Institute in Riyadh with the title: “Don’t try it; you are so precious to us”supervised by the national project for drugs prevention,and conducted by the secretariat of the National Committee for Narcotic Control, the General Directorate of Narcotic Control, and SABIC company from 25-29 Jumada II 1437 H. (3-7 April 2016).
An awareness exhibition will take place to publicize the Committee’s activities and its anti-doping programs, in addition to an onsite availability of a work-team ready to answer all visitors’ inquiries. Visual videos about prohibited substances in sport and their effects on health will be played. The Testing Procedures will be demonstrated along with an explanation about the anti-doping rule violations and sanctions against users of prohibited substances or those who violate the committee’s regulations. Many brochures and pamphlets in addition to in kind gifts will be distributed to visitors.Continue Reading
The Agency welcomes over 500 delegates with doping in the spotlight as never before
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Lausanne, 16 March 2016 – This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed a record number of over 500 delegates from around the world to its 12th Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) Symposium, at Palais de Beaulieu, to discuss the way forward for protecting the clean athlete. The event, which ran from 14-16 March, attracted anti-doping experts from International Sport Federations (IFs), National Anti-Doping Organizations, Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Games Organizers, WADA-accredited laboratories and other stakeholders; as well as, over 50 international media – all that are integral to the clean sport movement.
Riyadh will host the 14th RADO meeting in the GCC & Yemen on Wednesday-Thursday 17-18/02/2016 with the participation of Chairman and members of the organization from all the Gulf States, in addition to the Director of WADA Asia/Oceania Regional Office, and Deputy Director of NADO/RADO relations in WADA. This meeting and its accompanied workshop, which is organized by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee will continue to take place for 2 days. During the meeting, Result Management Workshop will be presented by the WADA- Legal Affairs manager with the participation of members of the Hearing and Appeal Committees in the Gulf States.Continue Reading
The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC) would like to clarify to all affiliates of the sport community about what has been included in the TV statement of Mr. Abdullah Mutlaq Al-Enizi ( Alnasr Football Club player), within the context of Sada Al Malaeb TV Show of MBC1 broadcasted in the evening of Wednesday 20th Shawal 1436 H. corresponding to 6 August 2015, and which we quoted: ( He was using analgesic ampoules before his participation in the last 9 or 10 matches of the last season with the help of someone who was closed to the player, without informing the medical or administrative staff of the club).
Based on the jurisdictions invested in SAADC as per Article 1: APPLICATION OF ANTI-DOPING RULES, and Article 5: TESTING AND INVESTIGATIONS, and Article 17: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport, and after reviewing all the related documents and reports, it was apparent that the said analgesic ampoules were just Voltaren ampoules, which are not prohibited according to the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. Such drug is given to many athletes. By going back to his previous Doping Control it was confirmed that the player used this drug. Besides, it was registered officially in the List of Used Medications Form for each team, and which must be submitted by the Team’s physician prior to the match that was included within the national doping control program. In addition, the player / Abdullah Al-Enizi, since 2013, is listed in the Registered Testing Pool, which is recognized and applied internationally.
SAADC calls upon all athletes not to use any medications without consulting the Athlete Support Personnel, or contacting SAADC for any inquiries. Athletes should be aware of the procedures related to the TUE application – if needed – through SAADC’s website: www.saadc.com
Wishing that Allah may protect all of our athletes from the dangers of doping to participate in doping-free and true competitions.
May Allah grant you all the success
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