WADA will make a second attempt to obtain data from Moscow anti-doping lab

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MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are to start their visit to Moscow on Wednesday.

During their stay they will make another attempt to obtain a copy of data of testing doping samples of Russian athletes from 2011 to 2015 from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

WADA experts visited Moscow with in November-December, 2018. Then they could not use their equipment to extract data, because it was not certified under the Russia laws.

“At the moment, all technical issues have been settled. We are waiting for the arrival of experts, whose visit is scheduled for January 9,” sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said.

The WADA delegation will be led by the Spanish scientist Jose Antonio Pascual.

The outcome of the WADA experts’ visit is crucially important for the future of all Russian sports which may face serious sanctions. Currently, there is a risk that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) may be repeatedly deprived of compliance with the international code.

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, before the end of the year.

If Russia fails to fulfill WADA’s conditions, RUSADA may be once again declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and Russian athletes may be stripped of the right to compete at the international level.

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