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Yuri Ganus, Director General of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), was dismissed on Friday, Vladimir Lukin, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, said in a conversation with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The decision to dismiss Ganus was taken at a meeting of the RUSADA board, which received such a recommendation from the supervisory board.For the time being, the place of Ganus will be taken by RUSADA lawyer Mikhail Buhanov. “We are confident that this step will not affect the organization in any way,” said Stanislav Pozdnakov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). “The new election of the Director-General will take place in six months at the earliest.”Earlier in July, information channels appeared on the Telegram communications application, suggesting that Ganus and several of his subordinates had abused their status by engaging in corrupt practices, including the misappropriation of RUSADA’s finances. Ganuss and his subordinates have made several business trips.The information showed that Ganus had misappropriated 110 million Russian rubles (approximately 1,250,000 euros) in the period from 2018 to 2019, as well as forged signatures on documents, as a result of which his subordinates received an additional 11 million rubles (approximately 125,000 euros).A few days ago, Pozdnakov revealed that an audit conducted by RUSADA did reveal that Ganus had misappropriated the organization’s money. The head of the ROC also made no secret of the fact that Ganuss was trying to get the audit to turn a blind eye to his actions.The results of the audit were made available to the Supervisory Board, which also decided to dismiss Ganus.RIA Novosti reports that only one RUSADA member has voted against Ganus’ dismissal.The meeting, at which it was decided to dismiss Ganus, was attended by Alexander Ivlev, a member of the board of RUSADA, Vice President Vladimir Chekonin, Igor Vasilchenko, Elena Isinbayeva, Sergei Ryazansky and Andrei Strokin.LETA has already reported that on December 9, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) once again declared RUSADA inappropriate and due to manipulation of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory 2012-2015 data before their transfer, WADA decided on the participation of Russian athletes in events such as the 2020 Tokyo and the 2022 Beijing Olympics, as well as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the role of only neutral athletes.Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously called the sanctions politically motivated, saying that athletes who have not used doping should be allowed to take part in the competition because they do not have to suffer from the actions of some individuals.Meanwhile, WADA President Craig Reedy was convinced that his organization had made the right decision. “The penalty imposed on Russia is harsh, but it protects the sport from dirty activities,” Reedy said. “We will be vigorous about the CAS decision.”Ganus also feared that challenging the decision could lead to even tougher sanctions, rather than a reduction in the penalty, as the US and UK anti-doping agencies might ask for an increase in the penalty. It is reported that the British side wants to prevent Russian athletes from competing under the neutral flag, because the previous practice has not been effective enough.RUSADA later appealed in person to Ganusa against the WADA decision. WADA, for its part, subsequently stated that it had received the letter and that it had been placed at the disposal of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).