Rus­sia's new anti-dop­ing chief looks for fresh start

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two years af­ter Rus­sia crashed out of world ath­let­ics amid a spate of drugs scan­dals, for­mer univer­sity lec­turer Yuri Ganus sits in his Moscow of­fice, plot­ting the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the na­tional anti-dop­ing agency.

The 53- year- old, who took over as the RUSADA agency’s di­rec­tor gen­eral just three weeks ago, told Reuters sweep­ing staff changes and a switch of mind­set had al­ready left the or­ga­ni­za­tion al­most un­rec­og­niz­able.

“We have changed our di­rec­tor, our lead­er­ship, 90 per­cent of our staff,” Ganus said. “All in­spec­tors in charge of tak­ing sam­ples are new.”

RUSADA had its global ac­cred­i­ta­tion sus­pended af­ter re­ports by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) found ev­i­dence, still de­nied by Moscow, of state-spon­sored dop­ing.

Next week, WADA re­turns to the anti-dop­ing agency to see what steps it has made to­ward re­turn­ing to the world arena.

Ganus said there was still work to do but said his staff was ready for the review.

“We want t o s how WADA what the sit­u­a­tion is ac­tu­ally like,” said Ganus, who has no ap­par­ent ties to Rus­sia’s sports bu­reau­cracy. “We won’t paint pretty pic­tures.”

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