Athletics: Wada suspends Russian anti-doping agency

A man walking outside an office of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) in Moscow on Nov 10, 2015.
A man walking outside an office of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) in Moscow on Nov 10, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

COLORADO SPRINGS (AFP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) on Wednesday (Nov 18) suspended Russia's national anti-doping body (Rusada) with immediate effect after ruling it non-compliant with the global body's strict code.

Wada official Rene Bouchard said a Compliance Review Committee was "unanimous in its view that Rusada should be declared non-compliant with immediate effect".

Wada's foundation board voted unanimously to pass the measure after Mr Bouchard's submission.

The decision was widely expected after a Wada independent panel investigating Russia's state-sponsored doping programme found several clear breaches.

Wada had already suspended Moscow's anti-doping laboratory.

Wednesday's ruling means Russia cannot host international events, although the country's right to host athletics events had already quashed by a provisional suspension issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations on Friday.

Mr Bouchard said Rusada had acknowledged some of the breaches and "expressed full openness and willingness to work with Wada to address them". As well as Russia, the national anti-doping agencies of Andorra, Israel, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine were also ruled non-compliant.

Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain were placed on a compliance "watch list" and were given until March 18, 2016, to be fully compliant with Wada's code.