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AFP
May 18, 2018

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RUSADA appeals for WADA to be granted Moscow lab access

RUSADA appeals for WADA to be granted Moscow lab access

MOSCOW: Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) called on Wednesday for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors to be permitted access to the Moscow testing laboratory, one of the conditions required for the body to regain “compliant” status.

“We have for a long time restricted access to samples in the Moscow laboratory, which belongs to the International Olympic Committee and the international federations,” said RUSADA director-general Yuri Ganus, quoted by TASS news agency. “In doing that, we are violating the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose right is to conduct additional inspections,” he said at a forum in Saint Petersburg.

RUSADA has been at the centre of a standoff between WADA and Russia ever since the body’s suspension in November 2015 following revelations of a vast doping scandal involving Moscow’s main drug-testing laboratory. WADA has set out a roadmap detailing the path RUSADA must take to regain compliant status and rejoin the ranks of recognised testing authorities. The agency has already been allowed to resume doping controls under the supervision of WADA-appointed monitors and the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

However, in the eyes of WADA, RUSADA has still failed to meet two key conditions necessary for it regain its full compliant status, namely granting access to the Moscow laboratory and samples that may have been stored there, as well as fully accepting the findings of the bombshell McLaren report. Russia’s non-compliance has already led to deadlock in athletics.

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