WADA continues implying efforts to retrieve data from Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

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MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues its work with the Russian authorities to retrieve data on doping samples of Russian athletes for the period 2011-2015 stored at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, WADA’s press service announced to TASS.

Russia’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Saturday that the Russian authorities and WADA had agreed on the details of the transfer of data on test samples stored at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory for the period of 2011-2015. Pursuant to WADA’s requirements for RUSADA’s reinstatement, Russia is due to provide the lab’s data to the world anti-doping body before December 31.

“As previously outlined, the Compliance Review Committee will consider the technical team’s report when it meets on 14-15 January and will issue a recommendation to the WADA Executive Committee,” a statement from WADA’s press service reads.

“In parallel we continue to make efforts to retrieve the lab data and as such we remain in contact with the Russian authorities in that regard,” according to the statement.

The WADA Executive Board reinstated the compliance status of RUSADA on September 20 on condition that WADA experts would be granted access to doping samples at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, which was sealed off in connection with a federal investigation. In case RUSADA fails to meet WADA’s requirements before December 31 the organization would be stripped of its compliance status in mid-January, national athletes would be barred from taking part in international competitions and Russia would be prohibited from hosting global sports tournaments.

WADA’s technical experts, who arrived in Moscow for their second visit on December 17, did not finish the work at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab as their equipment was reportedly not certified in line with the Russian laws. The WADA stated its readiness to resume the process in case the issue was promptly settled by the Russian authorities.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets stated earlier in the week that Russia’s work with the WADA regarding the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab was most likely to be completed by January 16.

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