Russia suspected of tampering doping samples again

Russia suspected of tampering doping samples again
Head of RUSADA Yury Ganus

Nine athletes from the Russian Federation sued the head of RUSADA.

A procedure has been launched for the non-compliance of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, which could end with a new suspension of the Russian agency, the ARD television channel reported. The doping tests sent by Moscow in early 2019 raised suspicions of WADA.

“Samples were sent for re-examination; the investigation department is examining the database,” RUSADA Deputy Head Margarita Pakhnotskaya told RIA Novosti.

The compliance committee will meet in late October; a decision on RUSADA will be announced in November.

Earlier, the Savelovsky court of Moscow registered a lawsuit of nine Russian athletes against Head of RUSADA, Yury Ganus, who allegedly undermined the honor and dignity of the plaintiffs in an interview with L’Equipe. Ganus criticized the leadership of the All-Russian Federation of Athletics and Russian Sports and said that some athletes from Chuvashia had prohibited blood transfusions under the guise of regional authorities. Offended athletes demanded compensation for moral damage, asking to pay a ruble to each of them.

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