MOSCOW, February 14. / TASS /. The First Vice President of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Pavel Rozhkov held a working meeting with lawyer Fabrice Robert-Tissot of the Swiss law firm Bonnard Lawson, representing the Committee in the arbitration of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This was reported to TASS in the RPC’s press service.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the position and strategy of the RPC in arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee unanimously voted to declare RUSADA non-compliant with the Code and impose sanctions on Russian sports in connection with the manipulation of the Moscow laboratory database, which contains the results of testing athletes for the period from 2012 to 2015. Russia risks losing the right to hold major sports competitions for four years and qualify for them; the Russian athletes may lose the opportunity to compete in World Championships, the Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag.
RUSADA did not agree with the sanctions; on January 9, WADA sent a notice of the dispute with RUSADA to the CAS; later, the RPC, as well as the Russian Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) joined the arbitration as a third party.