“Sense of tragedy”
The head of RUSADA declared that the Russian athletes again run the risk to miss the Olympics
The CEO of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) Yuri Hanus spoke about the expected decision by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), which in early December may deprive the journalist of the compliance status of the anti-doping code. Theoretically, this could lead to the fact that Russian athletes suspended from participation in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the European championship on football in 2020.
“I don’t want to be a prophet in such a serious matter, but when all will hear of the tragic decisions in our sport, there is no other way — we will have to figure out who let this happen. We have never faced such volume and force solutions. Achievements in sport are not a projection of the achievements of the country. We used to have that we are under a neutral flag,” said Hanus on radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
He reminded that athletes must participate in international competitions, they have a responsibility — preparing for the Olympics, while the officials — providing applications.
In an interview with the BBC, on the issue of probable non-admission of Russia to the 2020 Olympics and Euro 2020, Hanus said, “there is such a possibility”. “When I saw the issues that WADA had asked Russia in connection with the changes, I was in shock. There was a feeling of tragedy, to be honest. My understanding of the situation was hopeless,” admitted he.
23 November it became known that the Committee recommended to the WADA Executive Committee of the organization to recognize that RUSADA does not meet the standards of the international anti-doping code. The occasion was discovered inconsistencies in the database doping tests anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, which the Russian side handed over to WADA at the beginning of 2019. Russia was requested to prepare and provide to WADA explanations for these inconsistencies. In RUSADA stated that all formal requirements are met. The Executive Committee of WADA will decide the fate of the Russian organisations on 9 December.
That the consequences of the decision in respect of RUSADA can be very heavy, until the removal of Russian athletes from the summer 2020 Olympics and Euro 2020, writes the British media. The New York Times reported that the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory could make thousands of changes to protect athletes who became officials.
Hanus did not know who could make these changes, but personally, he was removed from the process of transferring data to WADA. “The sports Minister [Pavel Kolobkov] said it was some technical corrections. I saw this list. Technical changes, any errors can be, but we are all users of computer technology. It may be accidental deletion of a block of the file. But they [nonconformities] of concern to the entire structure,” said Hanus.
In 2018, the Executive Committee of WADA fully restored the status RUSADA after the removal, which lasted three years. Russian anti-doping Agency was deprived of all rights after publication of the Commission under the leadership of Richard McLaren of doping in sport. World Agency then stressed that the Russian advance went towards the organization and retain the right to re-impose sanctions. The fate of the journalist depended on a successful transfer into the hands of international experts electronic database of the Moscow lab, which now had questions.
Recall that because of a doping scandal, the international Olympic Committee (IOC) did not allow the Russian team to participate in the Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang in full force. “Clean” athletes from Russia, the IOC has allowed to play the Games only in the neutral status, their form contains the acronym OAR — Olympic Athlete from Russia. Russian athletes were forbidden to show any national symbols and to sing the Russian national anthem.