15:27 Apr. 24, 2016
Russian officials grudgingly agreed to recommendations made by WADA for establishing the country's anti-doping procedures
With the Summer Olympics swiftly approaching, Russia is undertaking measures to repair its battered reputation after many of its elite athletes were found to have used performance-enhancing drugs, seemingly with the connivance of the state.
Russian officials said on April 20 that two World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) experts will be based in Moscow to monitor the reestablishment of Russia's discredited anti-doping agency as the country scrambles to get a ban on its track-and-field athletes removed so they can compete in August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"The [WADA] officials will be there to ensure Russia's anti-doping process is independent of outside influence -- without government influence," WADA spokesman Ben Nichols told.
Removing the Russian government from this aspect of its sports empire could prove a difficult task.
A WADA independent commission issued a report on November 9 charging widespread, systemic, and "state-sponsored" doping among Russian athletes. As a result, Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA was decertified and its drug-testing lab deemed inadequate.