(ATR) Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says that the World Anti-Doping Agency has been granted access to the Moscow anti-doping lab to collect data required to be declared compliant.
Kolobkov told state outlet RIA Novosti
“the work is in full swing” at the lab. WADA had attempted to collect the data in December, but said the mission was unsuccessful due to Russia demanding that equipment being used to collect the data be authorized under Russian law.
“Today, an expert group, Russian experts, and WADA experts began their work,” Kolobkov said to journalists in Russia. “Work began on equipment and equipment installation, including copying the database. It is being held in full coordination. Before that, we discussed all the technical details that fully comply with both the criminal code and the WADA code.”
WADA’s Compliance and Review Committee will meet on Jan. 14-15 to make a recommendation about the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s compliance. RUSADA was declared conditionally compliant in September by the WADA Executive Committee, needing to fulfill two conditions.
The first condition was the transfer of data, and the second is the handing over stored samples in the lab for analysis.
WADA set a deadline of Dec. 31 for the data to be transferred over as part of being declared conditionally compliant. That deadline was missed, and the CRC defended its decision to meet two weeks after the deadline saying it made the most logistical sense.
Craig Reedie, WADA President, said the organization would continue “to act on the basis of the 31 December deadline having been missed, with all the consequences that failure could bring” even if it was compelled to give RUSADA every opportunity to turn over the data.
WADA did not immediately reply to requests for confirmation if the process of transferring data had begun.
Regardless if WADA gets the data, questions will remain about the authenticity and accuracy of the data. It is unlikely that WADA will be able to verify the data immediately, which could factor into the CRC’s decision.
“It will take a certain amount of time, because the process of copying and verification is quite a large amount,” Kolobkov added. “I think the experts will complete this work within a few days. It will be completed."
Written by Aaron Bauer
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