RUSADA and VFLA signed a program to prevent anti-doping rule violations

MOSCOW, April 26. / Corr. Albert Starodubtsev. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the All-Russian Athletic Federation (VFLA) signed a program on joint measures to prevent anti-doping rule violations in athletics in the Russian Federation. This was reported by TASS, the first deputy general director of RUSADA, Margarita Pakhnotskaya.

The program was signed on Thursday.

"The program consists of 38 items, the key are education, investigations, support of doping control inspectors during their work, and so on, “noted Pakhnotskaya. – The program fixes the provision that by 2019-2020 no athlete or representative of maintenance personnel will be allowed to participate in the competition until he passes the online exam for the anti-doping program VFLA. They also need to undergo online testing on the RUSADA website. In 2018, these requirements are imposed on athletes under 18 years of age".

According to Pakhnotskaya, until the end of June, RUSADA and VFLA must coordinate and approve the information and education anti-doping programs of VFLA, designed for athletes of various levels of training, as well as for the personnel of athletes.

"VFLA should provide all assistance to the doping control inspectors in gaining access to athletes for testing, “the TASS interlocutor continued. – RUSADA, in turn, will increase the volume of targeted testing in accordance with the RUSADA test distribution plan for VFLA".

"The All-Russian Athletic Federation should also facilitate the conduct of RUSADA investigations into potentially potential anti-doping rule violations by athletes and personnel and promptly provide us with all the necessary information", – concluded Pakhnotskaya.

The existence of an anti-doping plan is one of the conditions for the return of the status of VFLA

The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on March 6, based on the recommendations of its working group for Russia, led by Rune Andersen, decided not to return the membership of VFLA to its organization. One reason for this decision, according to the working group, is not to provide the IAAF with a clear and objective plan for anti-doping testing of Russian athletes at the national level in 2018. Namely, this plan, in the opinion of the working group, can convince the IAAF that Russian athletes are clean at the competitions.

Elena Ikonnikova, the anti-doping coordinator of the VFLA, told TASS at the end of March that in her opinion, there was confusion in the statement of the IAAF, and the international federation does not need a doping test plan, but a joint action plan of VFLA and RUSADA on different anti-doping policies, at the stage of agreement.

Membership of the VFLA in the IAAF was suspended in November 2015 on the basis of an investigation conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission headed by Richard Pound. Later, the IAAF formed a working group led by the Norwegian Andersen, which, together with the Russian side, implements the restoration points of the organization. At international competitions Russian athletes perform in a neutral status.

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