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TASS: RUSADA to provide WADA with its official disagreement in 10-15 days, says official

20 December 2019
MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. In 10-15 days, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will provide the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with an official disagreement against the decision of the global organization on sanctions in regard to Russian sports, Alexander Ivlev, the head of the RUSADA Supervisory Board, said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the RUSADA Supervisory Board recommended the agency’s Board of Founders to disagree with WADA sanctions against Russian sports and to turn this case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne.

"I believe it will happen in 10 or 15 days," Ivlev told journalists. "After that the ball will be in the court of WADA and the situation will be developing within the legal boundaries."

"I believe that law firms, which will be involved in the process, will be taking into account a great deal of arguments," he said.

On December 9, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the recommendations of its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to revoke the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and to strip Russia of the right to participate in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for a period of four years.

The WADA ExCo also ruled that Russia must not host, or bid for hosting any major international sports tournament in this four-year period. Russian state officials, as well as the staff of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), were banned from attending all major international sports tournaments for the  four-year period.

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