AthletesCAN Statement on CAS Decision on WADA v RUSADA

December 19, 2020 – AthletesCAN takes note of the December 17th decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the arbitration procedure between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Following the December 9, 2019 WADA Executive Committee decision to endorse a four-year ban on RUSADA, AthletesCAN collected member feedback to understand Canadian athlete perspectives on the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommendations. We received over 400 responses in total over a three-day period. It is important to acknowledge that this is only a sample of the diverse Canadian athletes perspectives on this issue.

When asked their position on the WADA CRC recommendations, 90.5% (363 of 401) of athletes agreed with the recommendations, while 9.5% (38 of 401) disagreed.

The decision by the CAS, including a reduction of RUSADA’s period of non-compliance from 4-years to 2-years, goes against the position held by most of our members. It is a grave injustice to clean athletes and the integrity of clean sport. We are disappointed by the leniency of the CAS decision and stand with our members and the international sport community in their dismay.

AthletesCAN believes in clean sport and will continue to advocate for the highest standard of integrity and transparency. We will continue to represent the athlete perspectives on this matter to ensure clean athletes’ rights are protected.


About AthletesCAN
AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world. As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

For more information please contact:
Georgina Truman
Manager, Athlete Relations & Operations
[email protected]

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