UKAD to deliver testing program to Russian athletes

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has signed a deal to deliver a testing program in Russia.

UKAD will manage the testing of Russian athletes, with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) currently serving a suspension for breaches of WADA's strict code.

"RUSADA and UKAD are in the final stages of agreeing on the detail required to deliver a testing program during RUSADA's period of non-compliance," a WADA statement said.

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"UKAD will ensure that targeted and intelligence-led testing is carried out on Russian athletes, and is responsible for continued coordination with the appropriate sport federations during this period.

"Results management of all cases will be managed by a designated independent body, with full oversight by WADA."

Russia is currently banned from international athletics competitions and its participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics remains in doubt.

With the clean-up of athletics gathering pace in Russia, the International Association of Athletics Federations has confirmed the IAAF Taskforce will visit the country next week to check its progress.

The Taskforce visited Moscow twice during January to coordinate reforms in the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF).

Independent Chair Rune Andersen leads the Taskforce which includes International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Frankie Fredericks and Abby Hoffman, the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada.

The president of the Oceania Athletics Association, Geoff Gardner (Norfolk Island), and Anna Riccardi, a technical delegate for the Rio Olympic Games and Italy's National Olympic Committee's head of team services Sport and Olympic Program Area, make up the rest of the Taskforce.

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