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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have visited the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, sealed off due to a federal investigation, to get access to its data and athletes’ stored samples, Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of Moscow State University, told reporters on Wednesday.

A new building of the Anti-Doping Laboratory will be opened at the university. “WADA has questions to RUSADA (the Russian Anti-Doping Agency), but I am not commenting on them as they don’t refer to our laboratory,” the rector said.

“This time [the WADA delegation] will not visit the new building, visiting the old one. At the moment, they are at the lab,” Sadovnichy said.

Proving WADA experts before the yearend with access to doping samples data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory is a key condition for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

In case of failing to comply with the WADA terms, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency will be once again declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, which it won back on September 20.

The WADA Executive Committee announced on September 20 that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was again in compliance with the Code of the global agency and its membership was reinstated.

RUSADA was declared non-compliant with the WADA Code in November 2015 after a doping scandal in Russia’s track and field athletics. New doping revelations were later made based on claims of former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who moved to the United States. Amid the continuing doping scandals, the decision on reinstating the organization has been postponed many times.

Over the past years, RUSADA has undergone significant changes. Its top management resigned and the organization received full independence from the Russian Sports Ministry, and independent experts from WADA and the UK Anti-Doping Agency provided assistance in its work.

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