ITA director general Benjamin Cohen held a meeting with RUSADA compatriot Yuri Ganus ©RUSADA

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) held a meeting with the International Testing Agency (ITA) director general at the ongoing Winter Universiade here.

The ITA are in charge of the delivery of an "effective" doping control programme in Krasnoyarsk, following an agreement signed with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in January.

Tests conducted before and during the Winter Universiade are part of the programme.

Under the agreement, the ITA are providing all of the necessary equipment and will coordinate sample collection during the Winter Universiade.

The ITA are also providing two anti-doping specialists who will supervise all of the procedures conducted on the ground.

Furthermore, the ITA are training 16 doping control officers in charge of test implementation, as well as sample collection personnel.

ITA director general Benjamin Cohen has been present in Krasnoyarsk with RUSADA stating that they held a meeting at their offices.

Discussions reportedly included cooperation in testing, training personnel for doping control, education and investigations.

The meeting was attended by RUSADA director general Yuri Ganus, deputy director general Margarita Pakhnotskaya, agency division heads and WADA international expert Eva Lukosuite-Stanikuniene.

Cohen also met with RUSADA staff during a tour of the agency.

The meeting took place as the ITA's work at the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade continues ©RUSADA
The meeting took place as the ITA's work at the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade continues ©RUSADA

RUSADA said they expect their employees to visit the ITA office in Lausanne next week.

This will coincide with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Symposium in the Swiss city.

Following the ITA's testing at Krasnoyarsk, the samples will be shipped under strict protocol to the WADA-accredited doping control laboratory in Seibersdorf in Austria.

The ITA was formed in 2018, claiming to act independently of any sports organisation or national interest.

Its establishment was billed as a key step in the global fight for clean sport.

Several International Federations have since handed their anti-doping functions to the organisation, which looks ready to take an increasing role in handling testing at major sporting events.

Any RUSADA involvement at Krasnoyarsk 2019 had been in doubt, owing to the organisation's compliance status.

WADA controversially declared RUSADA re-compliant last year, with the assurance of receiving key data from the Moscow Laboratory.

The data is seen as key to helping catch cheats implicated in the Russian doping scandal.

RUSADA remained complaint in January, despite data being provided to WADA after a missed deadline of December 31.

WADA stated earlier this week that they had finished uploading the data it extracted from Moscow Laboratory.

It means the organisation can now begin to assess the data in more detail to make sure it is authentic.

In all, WADA have uploaded 24 terabytes of information collected from their visit to Moscow, which came amid the wider Russian doping scandal.

This is reportedly the equivalent of 400,000 hours of music or the space available on 5,200 DVDs.

WADA is hoping the data will enable them to catch more Russian drugs cheats while potentially clearing others.

RUSADA are technically involved here at Krasnoyarsk, with the organisation supporting an education and prevention programme.

In 2015, FISU and WADA partnered to develop a freely accessible e-textbook to assist anti-doping education, and this clean sport initiative is continuing in Krasnoyarsk through the RUSADA programme.