Technicians Ilya Podolsky and Natalia Bochkaryova work at the Russian anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016 [File: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters]

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has challenged a four-year ban from important sporting events, sending a letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formally stating that it disagrees with their decision.

“In accordance with established procedure, today we have sent a package of documents to [WADA]. The package contains a notice about disagreement with WADA sanctions,” RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told reporters in Moscow on Friday.


The formal statement of disagreement with WADA will trigger an appeal process against the ban at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Earlier this month, in a move President Vladimir Putin condemned

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