WADA dismisses ROC president’s words about its biasedness
- 30 May 2020
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has dismissed accusations of being biased against Russian athletes, as follows from a WADA statement issued to insidethegames on Friday in response to the comments by Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), APA reports citing TASS.
In an interview with TASS earlier on Friday, Pozdnyakov said that in its continuous attempts to punish RUSADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency is acting simultaneously as an ‘investigator, prosecutor and punisher.’
"In a steady flow of attempts to punish RUSADA, we see an intended desire of our colleagues from the international governing body [WADA] to assume the right of being an investigator, prosecutor and punisher at the same time," Pozdnyakov said. "My statement comes following numerous things voiced earlier, particularly after a statement made by our permanent opponent [Chairman of the WADA Compliance Review Committee Jonathan] Taylor, who openly stated that his aim was ‘to humiliate Russian athletes’."
"WADA is very confident in the robustness and independence of its processes. In every investigation they conduct, WADA investigators operate thoroughly and independently from WADA management and governing bodies, and go wherever the evidence leads them. In all compliance cases in relation to a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code such as RUSADA, the independent Compliance Review Committee makes its recommendations to the WADA Executive Committee, which is made up equally of representatives from the Sports Movement, including an athlete, and Governments of the world. In the case of RUSADA, both the Compliance Review Committee and Executive Committee were unanimous. Ultimately, it is the Court of Arbitration for Sport that decides, not WADA, which adds another layer of independence to the process," WADA said.