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WADA vice-president to oppose lifting of Rusada suspension

Wada's executive committee meets in the Seychelles on Thursday where they are expected to pave the way for Russia's readmission into international sport after a major doping scandal.

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Addis Ababa, September 18, 2018 (FBC) -World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) vice-president Linda Helleland says she will vote against lifting the suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) this week.

Wada’s executive committee meets in the Seychelles on Thursday where they are expected to pave the way for Russia’s readmission into international sport after a major doping scandal.

But Helleland has become the first member of WADA’s senior leadership to oppose the move, insisting the country had not yet met key demands.

“I will vote against the reinstatement of Russia,” she said as the issue continued to cause unprecedented division within the organization.

Last week, WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) recommended that its executive committee end a three-year suspension of Rusada, saying the country had “sufficiently acknowledged” failures.

WADA had previously insisted Russia meet two criteria as part of a ‘roadmap’ for its return to compliance; accept the findings of the 2015 McLaren Report after an investigation revealed an extensive, government-backed cheating conspiracy, and grant access to its drug-tainted Moscow laboratory.

Source: BBC

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