MOSCOW (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has expressed dismay after one of its leading critics, former pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, was reappointed to chair the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's board.
Isinbayeva was first appointed as chair in December and given a new term Thursday. Her main task will be to persuade WADA to lift the suspension it gave RUSADA in 2015 over allegations its staff covered up doping.
However, relations with WADA are frayed after Isinbayeva repeatedly criticized the organization and called for a leading whistleblower to be banned for life.
WADA says Isinbayeva's appointment "is not consistent with the roadmap established by WADA" for RUSADA's reinstatement.