In an interview with the sports channel Match TV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for reform of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The minister expressed concern that the system, which is being developed in the United States on the basis of the “Rodchenkov Act”, would push “Wada” to the sidelines of global sports discussions on anti-doping.
“If this system (Rodchenkov Law) is really implemented, it will be a disgrace to the whole sport,” Lavrov said.
The Russian minister believes that the World Anti-Doping Agency is taking discriminatory measures against Russian athletes: “The International Anti-Doping Agency is incomplete. 90 percent of the members of the Executive Committee represent NATO countries or allies close to the alliance.”
According to Lavrov, it is necessary to change the structure of the organization to a more balanced one: “This composition will be acceptable to all. We must defend the World Anti-Doping Agency against such an attempt (the Rodchenkov Act) to privatize this area of international relations. The Americans just want to privatize it.”
And the United States recently announced that President Donald Trump signed the “Gregory Rodchenkov” anti-doping law passed by Congress.
The law permits criminal sentencing for doping at events involving American athletes, and it applies outside the territorial borders of the United States.
The bill was named after the former director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, who left for the United States, after which he accused Russian athletes of systematically doping, while Russia is pursuing him on charges of bribery, falsifying the results of Russian athletes, and using doping in their test samples.