RUSADA Non-Compliance: Matter Referred to CAS

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has filed a request for arbitration with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) continued non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

In September 2023, based on the recommendations of the Compliance Review Committee (CRC), the WADA Executive Committee decided to issue new sanctions and lay down reinstatement conditions since Russia’s federal sports legislation was not considered to be in line with the 2021 Code. The Russian Federation was set to lose its WADA privileges, including funding, the right to host events, etc. Subsequently, RUSADA disputed the allegation of non-compliance, the proposed consequences, and the reinstatement conditions.

Since the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (SAIDS) also disputed its non-compliance, WADA referred both cases to the CAS Ordinary Arbitration Division for resolution.