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WADA declares RUSADA as non-compliant after reporting into doping

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The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been declared non-compliant with international sport's anti-doping code with immediate effect.

Russia was provisionally suspended from all international athletics competitions by world governing body the IAAF last Friday when its council members voted 22-1 in favour of the sanction after the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission's findings of state-sponsored, systemic doping practices.

And now WADA's foundation board, which met at Colorado Springs in the United States, has said RUSADA should be declared non-compliant immediately.

"WADA Compliance Review Committee 'unanimous in its view that RUSADA should be declared non-compliant with immediate effect'," said a tweet on WADA's official Twitter account.

Added the WADA Compliance Chair: "Importance of effective sanctions absolutely key 2deterring countries from practicing inadequate anti-doping programs."

In addition, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine have also been declared as non-compliant, with Brazil, Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain placed on a compliance watchlist.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has agreed to oversee changes and said it was "determined" clean athletes will compete at the Rio Games next summer and any drug cheats will be "punished".

The ROC has agreed to make RUSADA, the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, and the National Athletics Federation (ARAF) "compliant with the WADA code and all other international anti-doping regulations as soon as possible" and said all athletes, officials and coaches found guilty of doping will be punished in accordance with international anti-doping regulations.

WADA's director general David Howman confirmed at the meeting that there must be no gaps in testing when it comes to non-complaint countries.

"WADA 2 work with International Federations & other NADOs (National Anti-Doping Organisations) to ensure they test all athletes in those countries and so there are no gaps," said the official WADA Twitter account.

"WADA 2 put strong strategy in place & testing will be done @ cost of country declared non-compliant. To be implemented immediately.

"A clear roadmap is emerging for sport at this "crossroads" meeting for the anti-doping movement. Protecting clean athletes the rallying call."

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