RUSADA chief Ganus warns of stronger penalties if he's sacked
Yuri Ganus has hit out at a move to oust him as head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, claiming that such a move will only result in harsher sanctions against his country.
On Wednesday, the board of RUSADA called on the sports authorities to consider dismissing the outspoken Ganus over claims he oversaw serious financial irregularities at the agency.
Ganus, who has held the role since August 2017, denies allegations made by the Russian Olympic Committee following an audit of RUSADA, and believes he is being personally targeted by opponents because of his principled stand on doping.
RUSADA is in the process of appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a four-year ban from major events, including the Olympics, after being declared non-compliant for manipulating data that was provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2019.
Alexander Ivlev, the chairman of WADA board, said on Wednesday that it considered the allegations against Ganus to be true and had recommended to the Russian Olympic and Paralympic committees to contemplate firing him.
However, Ganus told AFP: “I don’t understand this decision... Yes it is (revenge), a struggle… They (the opponents) don’t like what we’re saying, even though we’re fighting for clean sport.”
WADA said on Wednesday that it was “extremely concerned” to hear about the proposed sacking of Ganus who believes that Russia is opening itself up to stronger penalties.
He claimed: “If they remove (me)… the sanctions will be even harsher.”
The handover of data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was a condition of WADA’s controversial decision to lift a three-year suspension of RUSADA in September 2018.
RUSADA’s appeal will be heard by CAS in November.