Wada takes Rusada case to CAS

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has formally requested that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) resolve the dispute concerning the non-compliance case against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada).

Wada last month upheld a recommendation for Russia to be banned from the international sports community for four years as president Craig Reedie said that a “robust response” was needed to a “blatant breach” by Russian authorities of the conditions to bring Rusada back in line.

The verdict unanimously endorsed the recommendation made in November by Wada’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) that Rusada be declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code for four years.

Following last month’s decision, Rusada recommended that an appeal be filed at CAS against the Wada sanctions, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying the punishments were “unjust” and “go against common sense”. Rusada later formally disputed Wada’s decision.

The sanctions imposed by Wada include the provision that Russia may not host, bid for, or be granted in the four-year period, the right to host any major sporting events. Where the right to host a major event in the period has already been awarded to Russia, the signatory must withdraw that right and re-assign the event to another country, unless it is legally or “practically impossible” to do so.

Other sanctions include that Russian athletes and their support personnel may only participate in major events staged where they are able to demonstrate that they are not implicated in any way by the non-compliance of Rusada.

Wada has now called on CAS to resolve the dispute, with a request having been filed in accordance with the process outlined in the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories.

Wada will be represented in the proceedings by Ross Wenzel and Nicolas Zbinden of Swiss law firm Kellerhals Carrard. CAS’s ruling on the case would be binding.