Russia Drop Plan to Disband Doping Agency After Scandal

Updated: 30 November 2015 17:02 IST

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on November 18 after being accused of covering up positive drug tests by leading Russian athletes.

Russia Drop Plan to Disband Doping Agency After Scandal
Russian anti-doping agency was accused of destroying samples requested for analysis by WADA. (Image for representational use only) © Reuters

Moscow:

Russia has said they will reform their national anti-doping agency rather than shut it down.  (Russia Sports Minister Ready to Create New Anti-Doping Agency)

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on November 18 after being accused of covering up positive drug tests by leading Russian athletes. (WADA Suspends Russian Anti-Doping Agency)

WADA has demanded extensive reforms.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko had suggested that RUSADA could be disbanded, causing a "collapse" in drug testing until a new organisation could be established.

However, Mutko told Russia's Tass agency on Monday that RUSADA "will definitely remain as an organisation" and that Russia and WADA were cooperating on reforms.

The decision follows a meeting last week between Mutko and WADA director general David Howman in Frankfurt.

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