The suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) has been lifted despite widespread opposition.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it lifted Russia’s suspension, despite pleas from the rest of the anti-doping community that such a decision would be unwise and premature.
The Wada executive committee ended a three-year-suspension which followed a major doping scandal.
Leading athletes, anti-doping bodies and Wada’s vice-president Linda Helleland had opposed the move.
Wada president, Sir Craig Reedie, said the reinstatement was “subject to strict conditions”.
“This decision provides a clear timeline by which Wada must be given access to the former Moscow laboratory data and samples,” the 77-year-old Briton said.
He said the “great majority” of the 12-strong committee had voted in favour of the recommendation at a meeting in the Seychelles.