Yuri Ganus' status as RUSADA director general will be decided on August 28 ©Getty Images

A meeting to determine Yuri Ganus' status as Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) director general is expected to be held on August 28, following the body's Supervisory Board recommending his removal earlier this month.

Head of the RUSADA Supervisory Board, Alexander Ivlev, confirmed the date to Russia's official state news agency TASS.

The final decision on Ganus' position rests with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee, the founders of RUSADA.

The RUSADA Supervisory Board recommended the sacking of Ganus on August 5 after an audit allegedly revealed a "number of significant irregularities in the financial and economic activities" of the organisation.

ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov has indicated the organisation would be in favour of removing Ganus, after claiming their "fears have been confirmed".

Ganus has claimed false accusations have been made against him, including claims he wanted to retroactively approve the auditor and the 2018 annual report.

He has claimed increased logistical costs at RUSADA in 2019 were due to the rapid growth of the organisation, citing an increase in testing from 9,000 samples to 11,000, as well as investigations and international cooperation.

Yuri Ganus' position could have a bearing on the organisation's appeal to CAS ©Getty Images
Yuri Ganus' position could have a bearing on the organisation's appeal to CAS ©Getty Images

Ganus has alleged the RUSADA Supervisory Board also changed the organisation's charter during the meeting, which would prevent deputy director general Margarita Pakhnotskaya from assuming his position should he be removed.

The RUSADA director general, appointed in 2017, has suggested his removal could have consequences for the organisation in its case against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which is due to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in November.

RUSADA has appealed against a four-year package of sanctions imposed as punishment for the manipulation of data from Moscow Laboratory.

WADA being satisfied that RUSADA's independence is respected, and there is no improper outside interference with its operations, is among the conditions the suspended Russian agency must meet if it is to be reinstated.

The WADA has said it would "seek further clarification from the Russian authorities and consider any other steps that may be required" after discussing the matter with its Compliance Review Committee.

WADA said it had previously raised concerns over potential interference in RUSADA’s operations and sought to clarify "how and why this audit was carried out" in a letter to Ivlev last month.