Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow

Russia’s national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expects that the Russian authorities will soon resolve issues preventing WADA from making its second visit to the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the WADA press service told TASS.

On November 28, WADA experts for the first time visited the Moscow laboratory, where Russian athletes’ doping samples and the results of samples tests dating back to 2011-2015 are stored. Providing WADA with access to this data is a key condition for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). During the visit, the parties agreed that a WADA delegation consisting of technical experts would make another visit to Moscow and work with the laboratory’s data.

“No date has yet been finalized. We have a few outstanding points that need to be ironed out but we have communicated the exact situation in this regard to the Russian authorities. They are aware of our position and hopefully they will respond very shortly so we can set up the mission well in advance of the 31 December deadline,” the press service said.

On December 5, RUSADA Director General Yuri Ganus told reporters that data from the Moscow laboratory should be opened for WADA specialists by December 22.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee decided to reinstate RUSADA on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, sealed for a federal investigation. WADA also expects Russia to provide all suspicious samples from the laboratory for retesting until June 30, 2019. If Russia fails to fulfill WADA’s conditions, RUSADA will be once again declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

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