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WADA votes to reinstate RUSADA subject to conditions

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WADA votes to reinstate RUSADA subject to conditions
A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2018. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   -   Copyright  MAXIM SHEMETOV(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has voted, subject to certain conditions, to lift the ban on Russia’s anti-doping authority (RUSADA), which was suspended in 2015 following allegations of widespread state-sponsored doping.

“Today, the great majority of the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) decided to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, subject to strict conditions,” said WADA President Craig Reedie, who had faced widespread criticism at the widely-expected decision.

“This decision provides a clear timeline by which WADA must be given access to the former Moscow laboratory data and samples with a clear commitment by the ExCo that should this timeline not be met.”

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Jon Boyle)

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