Russian anti-doping agency preparing to stop testing amid coronavirus pandemic

The Russian anti-doping agency might have to stop all testing until May to comply with the new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.

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RUSADA will not be testing this month unless it receives special permission from government bodies its staff to collect samples from athletes.   -  Getty Images

The Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.

RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya told The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.

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Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.

Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.

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