Vital WADA Executive Committee meeting set to vote on Russian punishment moved from Paris to Lausanne

Dec 3, 2019

The key World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee meeting next Monday (December 9) that will decide whether to reimpose a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been moved from Paris to Lausanne, insidethegames can reveal.

The decision to relocate the meeting was taken because a series of strikes is planned in France which could have made it difficult for members of the WADA Executive Committee to get to Paris for the meeting. 

Disruption is due to start in France on Thursday (December 5) and expected to be widespread, with train and bus drivers, air traffic controllers, electricity supply workers and police officers among groups threatening to stay out of work for an indefinite period.

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has admitted it will be difficult period, especially in the public transport sector.

"I think there will be a lot of support from the transport unions, and the possibility of disruption," the Minister said.

WADA later put out a statement confirming that the meeting had been moved.

"It is important to note that, while the ExCo meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Paris, WADA has taken the decision to relocate it to Lausanne due to likely disruptions and uncertainty caused by imminent general strike action in Paris," WADA said.


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