Alexander Ivlev: “RUSADA’s Supervisory Board is against the decision endorsed by WADA’s Executive Committee”

RUSADA’s Supervisory Board held a meeting in Moscow during which discussions were held on the decision by WADA’s Executive Committee to endorse a four-year period of non-compliance issued on December 9. Following the results of the meeting, a statement was made by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Alexander Ivlev.

– In accordance with the Charter of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the Supervisory Board has the right to make recommendations to the General Meeting of RUSADA. In line with today’s meeting and after an exchange of views, I would like to state that we disagree with the decision by WADA’s Executive Committee issued on December 9 declaring RUSADA non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code with the relevant ramifications.

The recommendation of the Supervisory Board is to be reviewed during the General Meeting of RUSADA members, and afterwards in accordance with the deadlines set out by WADA’s International Standard, an official letter will be sent to WADA on behalf of RUSADA’s Director General. This will be done in the coming days and then WADA will have to decide on whether to take the case to CAS.

When making this decision during the General Meeting of RUSADA members, legal experts and law firms will be invited to advise RUSADA and represent it if necessary.

The ROC, RPC, international sports organizations and federations, as well as individuals, whose interests may be affected by WADA’s decision, have the right to seek legal assistance and representation as third parties in this dispute if WADA brings the case before CAS.