TORONTO (December 17, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) issued the following statement regarding the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision in the arbitration procedure between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA):
There are no winners in today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirming non-compliance of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. While the Canadian Olympic Committee recognizes the sanctions and the ongoing cooperation requirements that have been imposed will have real consequences through the next two Olympic Games, there are many questions left unanswered, including details related to enforcement, requirements for cooperation from RUSADA in numerous ongoing investigations and further potential sanctions. It is clear that the fight on behalf of clean athletes is far from over. Strong and consistent consequences for those who do not follow the rules are critical to both the protection of clean athletes and to ensure a level playing field for all.
Moving forward, the strict enforcement of these sanctions, along with the close monitoring of requirements for reinstatement, will be essential to rebuilding trust. The underlying conditions that led to today’s ruling must be addressed in an open and transparent manner. Further, governance of anti-doping structures that is beyond reproach is vital to the integrity of sport and the Olympic Movement.
The COC remains steadfast in its commitment to promote and protect clean sport at home and abroad.