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