Russia, WADA agree on RUSADA reform roadmap

Russian Sports Minister declined to disclose details of the plan

Russia and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have agreed on a package of measures for the reform of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the anti-doping laboratory which needs to regain its license, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told Interfax on Dec. 1.

"The roadmap has been agreed upon; it is clear what we need to do," Mutko said.

He declined to disclose details of the plan and said that information would be made public in the course of the roadmap's implementation.

Russia has done a lot to develop, popularize and keep clean sport and "it is not the country with the biggest doping problem," the minister said. Russia is set to actively cooperate with foreign partners in the reform of the national anti-doping service, he said.

"Here is the position of the government and the Sports Ministry: we will once again try to re-accredit our laboratory, RUSADA, on a good-faith and open basis together with our colleagues and to receive new licenses for our work. Hopefully, we can do that quickly, and the same applies to the All Russia Athletic Federation," Mutko said.

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