As members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, we are extremely disappointed and concerned by the fact that RUSADA has missed the deadline of 31 December 2018 to hand over the LIMS data from the Moscow laboratory to WADA.
Over the past months, we supported the provisional reinstatement of RUSADA for three main reasons:
1) By provisionally reinstating RUSADA, Russian athletes could be tested more regularly and effectively,
2) Should RUSADA miss the set deadline, stronger and more effective sanctions would be imposed on Russia, thanks to the new International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), and
3) The provisional reinstatement of RUSADA with a clear deadline provided us with a clear process and timeline to resolve a situation that has been ongoing since 2015.
In the past months, we as the IOC Athletes’ Commission asked athletes for their patience and promised that we will advocate for strong actions should Russia not meet the two final requirements.
We expect the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) in its meeting of 14 and 15 January 2019 to make the appropriate recommendations to the WADA Executive Committee in the light of its decision of September 2018. These recommendations should lead to immediate measures and actions.
In the meantime, the IOC Athletes’ Commission will meet in Lausanne on 14 January and we have put this topic on top of our agenda, as we have done for all our meetings in the past three years. During this meeting, we will evaluate all the information at hand and will discuss how as athlete representatives we can support and facilitate any actions to be taken.
Following our meeting, we will organise one of our regular conference calls with the worldwide network of the Athletes’ Commissions in order to update athletes and athlete representatives about our discussions and actions, which we will also announce publicly as we have done in the past.
Finally, we like to encourage all athletes to continue to share with us their views as we always aim to consider feedback from the global athlete community during our deliberations.