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by Shane Stokes
November 24, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
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The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Nikia Kamaev, has stepped down from his position on the UCI’s Anti-Doping Commission.
Kamaev is one of four on the commission. His position came under pressure after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigated claims made in a German TV documentary by ARD about widespread drug use and corruption within Russian sport.
Earlier this month a WADA independent commission published a 323 page report which agreed with many of ARD’s findings.
It also accused the Russian government of aiding that doping program, and said that RUSADA doping control officers “routinely accept bribes from athletes” and “provide advance notice of out of competition tests.”
As a consequence of that, RUSADA was declared non-compliant and suspended.
The commission also concluded that, “RUSADA believes that the information provided [by whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov] in the interview shapes up a negative image of Nikita Kamaev and RUSADA on the whole.”
In an interview with CyclingTips, the journalist behind the ARD documentary, Hajo Seppelt, said he considered Kamaev’s position on the UCI commission to be untenable.
The UCI told CyclingTips on Tuesday that it had taken action on the matter.
“Following the publication of the Independent Commission report and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) decision to suspend the Russian National Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), it was agreed that Mr Nikita Kamaev would suspend his involvement with the UCI Anti-Doping Commission until further notice.”
It indicated that it would not make further comment at this point in time.
It is not yet clear who will take Kamaev’s place.
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