Friday, May 19, 2017

WADA insists on Isinbayeva removal as Russia Anti-Doping head

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have insisted that double Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva must be removed as Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) chair if the country is to be ruled compliant with the Agency's codes,

Rusada was ruled non-compliant in 2015, with Wada stating it needs to meet four demands, including the removal of Isinbayeva.

The two-time Olympic pole vault champion,however was critical of the IAAF decision to ban Russian athletes.

An independent Wada report found Russia had conducted state-sponsored doping.

Their athletes were subsequently banned from taking part in the athletics competition at Rio 2016, although Darya Klishina was allowed to compete in the long jump.

Other changes being demanded by Wada include drug testers being allowed access to closed cities, where athletes continue to find sanctuary from testing; access to athlete biological passports and the implementation of a conflict of interest policy.

It also announced the creation of a new independent testing body that would operate under Swiss jurisdiction.

It would be operational in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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