September 20, 2018 / 1:27 PM / a month ago

Doping-Reinstated RUSADA says it still has much to do to satisfy WADA

MOSCOW, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Yuri Ganus, the director general of Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA, said on Thursday that he welcomed a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reinstate his agency, but said there was still much work to do to satisfy WADA.

Earlier on Thursday, WADA voted, subject to certain conditions, to lift the ban on RUSADA, which was suspended in 2015 following allegations of widespread state-sponsored doping.

Ganus told Reuters by phone that RUSADA understood that its reinstatement was conditional on fulfilling WADA's terms, but said it was a positive sign for other suspended Russian sports bodies, including the country’s athletics federation and Paralympic committee, which want to be reinstated.

"There's a lot of work ahead," said Ganus. "There are conditions ... in order to definitively be reinstated we need to meet these conditions. So it's a conditional reinstatement." (Reporting and writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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