ASADA supports WADA’s decision to ban Russia for four years

10 December 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) supports the decision made overnight by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee in banning Russia from all major international sporting competitions for the next four years.

The decision to ban Russia follows a recommendation from WADA’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) which found the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code in what was described by the CRC as “an extremely serious case of noncompliance”.

The ban will cover major sporting events such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

ASADA CEO David Sharpe said the decision by the WADA executive, one of the biggest to impact sport globally, is critical in restoring confidence in the anti-doping movement.

“It is important that WADA sends the strongest possible message,” Mr Sharpe said.

“The Russian state sponsored doping campaign is the worst case in the history of anti-doping and must be met with the harshest sanctions possible.”

Mr Sharpe said Australia holds our athletes to the highest possible standards and “we have an expectation that those standards are upheld globally”.

The endorsement of the recommendations by the CRC by the WADA Executive Committee provides a platform for WADA moving forward under the leadership of incoming President Witold Banka.

Mr Sharpe said it was a watershed moment for the anti-doping movement.

“What is critical from this point on is that Anti-Doping Organisations globally join together in the fight to hold to account those who subvert the system, whether it be individuals, groups or state sponsored,” Mr Sharpe added.

“It is unfortunate that the entire saga has now impacted clean Russian athletes. But let’s be very clear, this is a direct result of Russian officials manipulating data and casting doubt over all Russian athletes.

“We must now ensure that Russian athletes competing as individuals are subjected to the most stringent of anti-doping processes to restore confidence in world sport.”

Further inquiries: media@asada.gov.au

Media statement - Russia ban.pdf