In 2023, Russia must pay the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) more than $1 million as a mandatory annual contribution. This was reported on January 7 in the press service of the organization.
“Russia’s annual contribution to WADA in 2023 will be $1,267,023,” a WADA representative told TASS.
Earlier, on November 19, the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin said that Russia should continue cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency and protect the interests of Russian athletes.
He also recalled that Russia has created one of the most effective anti-doping systems, which was recognized by the audit of the UNESCO convention. Therefore, such claims should be legal, the minister added.
The decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2020 prohibited Russian athletes from competing at the Olympic Games and World Championships under the national flag. Russia also lost the right to host major international competitions.
In mid-December, WADA, which imposed sanctions against Russian athletes for two years, announced its desire to extend the restrictions for another four years. However, despite the fact that the restrictions expired on December 17, they admitted that it was not possible to extend them, since this would be contrary to the CAS decision.