The future of RUSADA will be top of the agenda at the WADA Executive Committee meeting in Colorado Springs ©WADA

Russia's doping record will face further examination when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee holds a crucial meeting in Colorado Springs tomorrow.

The report published last week by the WADA Independent Commission, which alleged Russia operated a "state-supported" doping programme, including covering up positive drugs tests involving some of its leading athletes, will be top of the agenda at the meeting.

The future of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the country's drugs testing organisation, will be discussed.

Russia have already been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and WADA have withdrawn the accreditation of its laboratory in Moscow.

That led to the resignation of the director Grigory Rodchenkov, who WADA had demanded was sacked.

He was identified as a key-figure in the 323-page report compiled by the WADA Independent Commission, being accused of covering up positive doping tests, extorting money from athletes and destroying 1,417 samples before inspectors visited.

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Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, will chair the crucial meetings that will decide whether Russia will face any further punishment over the drug claims ©YouTube

"WADA has acted quickly and firmly to the key recommendations outlined in the Independent Commission’s report," said Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President, who will chair the meeting of the 12-member Executive Committee. 

"These are all necessary and powerful actions that will effect positive change for clean sport.

"We recognise, however, that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that, to truly tackle the scourge of doping, the anti-doping community must further improve the approach that has been employed to date; and, above all, the resources that are attributed to it.

“WADA welcomes the momentum and stakeholder opinion that the report is generating, which is constructively focused on protecting the clean athlete.

"While the report recognises WADA’s achievements over the past 16 years, it also rightly and clearly points out areas for improvement; in particular, regarding the compliance of National Anti-Doping Organizations and sports.

"There is no question that in its first 16 years WADA has punched well above its weight.

"However, what has been evident this week, and indeed encouraging, is to see the Independent Commission, WADA and its stakeholders united in the belief that the Agency is up to the challenge but requires greater resources."

Any decisions taken by the Executive Committee must be approved by the WADA Foundation Board, the supreme decision-making body, who are due to meet in Colorado Springs on Wednesday (November 18). 

Its 38 members include 11 International Olympic Committee members, the most notable of which is Richard Pound, the Canadian lawyer who chaired the WADA Independent Commission.

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has already denied allegations that members of the country's Federal Security Service interfered in drugs-testing, including at last year's Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi.

"We were strictly observing recommendations that the Government should not interfere with work of national anti-doping bodies and laboratories," Natalia Zhelanova, an anti-doping adviser to Mutko, told Russian news agency TASS

"If what was mentioned in the WADA Independent Commission’s report really took place, then it’s inadmissible and we are ready to follow recommendations.

"But given that WADA has mechanisms to control these organisations, we will ask it to make it more thoroughly."

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