Moscow had been expected to submit an annual contribution to WADA of more than $1.2 million
Russian flag is seen behind as World Anti-Doping Agency logo is displayed on a smart phone screenin this illustration photo in Ankara on December 9, 2019 © Getty Images / Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Russia is not currently obligated to make annual payments to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after Moscow terminated its membership in the Council of Europe last year, the Sports Ministry has told TASS.
Reports recently emerged that Russia had not paid a planned contribution of around $1.25 million to WADA for 2023. Responding on Thursday, the Sports Ministry’s press service told TASS that Russia “supports the principle of equal financing of the main annual budget for the World Anti-Doping Agency.” It added, however, that “currently, there is no common formula for WADA funding approved by the states.”
European signatories to the WADA Code pay into the fund based upon how much they contribute annually to the Council of Europe budget.
Russia terminated its membership in the council in March 2022 following the onset of the conflict with Ukraine. According to the Sports Ministry, a mechanism for WADA contributions has yet to be worked out for nations “that are not members of continental organizations, in particular, the Council of Europe.”