The Russian Government has decided to discontinue their annual voluntary contributions to the budget of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Earlier, the Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitaly Mutko, had threatened to cease Russian funding of WADA.
The Russian Government excluded the paragraph on additional voluntary contributions to the World Anti-Doping Agency from the register of payments for the next year. This follows the resolution published on the official website of the Ministry.
In accordance with resolution № 196, made on the 9th of March 2013, the Russian Ministry of Sports had to make an annual voluntary contribution in the amount of 300,000 Euros to WADA.
However, the paragraph on annual voluntary contributions of the Russian Federation to the budget of WADA was removed in a new resolution, №820 made on the 19th of August 2016. On 18th of August 2016, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko stated that Russia will cease the payment of contributions to WADA if the rights of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency aren’t restored.