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RUSADA revealed violations of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations by a private testing company Anti-Doping Initiative


RUSADA investigation revealed a number of gross violations of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations, such as prior notification of athletes and collecting money from athletes for pre-departure doping control in the Russian Federation when testing Russian athletes of the Powerlifting Federation by a private testing company Anti-Doping Initiative. 

It should be noted that the cooperation of all-Russian sports federations with companies that are not the signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code bears not only reputational risks (this company employs doping control officers who were previously dismissed from RUSADA due to the scandal and were mentioned in McLaren reports), but also the risks for a federation to become non-compliant with the Code according to the Compliance Standard of the signatories.

RUSADA is open to cooperation and is interested in receiving information on facts of this kind, since they undermine the credibility of the existing anti-doping policy in the country. This situation has become possible due to the lack of a proper level of cooperation between the international federation and the Russian national anti-doping agency. RUSADA is interested in expanding cooperation with international federations.