MOSCOW, April 3. / TASS /. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) decided due to the coronavirus pandemic to extend until April 30 a temporary cessation of testing of athletes for doping. This was reported by TASS Deputy Director General of RUSADA Margarita Pakhnotskaya.
“The temporary stop of the testing of athletes by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency staff was extended to April 30. According to the latest statement by the president, we have no reason to resume this work. But I can notice that no one will be left out of control. Blood passport samples that will be taken after pandemic attenuation, they’ll tell us everything” - said Pakhnotskaya.
“But we are doing the rest of the work, whilst remotely. This applies to both educational activities and test planning. We are also translating into Russian the new World Anti-Doping Code, which will come into effect on January 1, 2021, and international standards (according to testing, investigations and therapeutic exceptions)" - the TASS talker emphasized.
The outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of 2019 in Central China, spread to most countries of the world and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. According to the latest data, about 1 million people were infected in the world, more than 50 thousand deaths were recorded. In Russia, 4,149 cases of infection were registered, 281 people recovered, and 34 patients died.