WADA travels again to Moscow in hope to gain access to data

Three employees of the world anti-doping agency WADA travel Wednesday for the second time to Moscow in the hope yet to gain access to data from dopingtests of Russian athletes.

The staff brought in december a visit to the Russian capital, but then returned with empty hands back. Inspection of the data was one of the conditions when the suspension of the Russian antidopingbureau Rusada in september 2018 was removed.

Although Russia several times promised the data to provide, remained the necessary data. The Russian minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, has now let you know the data is still available.

“Although WADA is obliged to Rusada all opportunities to give, we continue to act on the basis of the missed deadline on 31 december, with all the consequences,” says WADA president Craig Reedie Monday.

“The mission of this week in Moscow, however, is not only focused on whether or not to follow a fair process. If we succeed to collect the data, will be a long deadlock to be broken and it is possible to many actions lead.”

WADA is coming next week Monday and Tuesday meet in the Canadian Montreal. At that meeting, it will be decided on a new suspension for Rusada.

WADA president Craig Reedie. ()

Missed deadline led to the fuss

The expiry of the deadline led to dismay in the world of sports. Including sixteen national antidopingbureaus – including the Dutch – called WADA on to the Russians directly to suspend.

Also the athlete committee WADA demanded in a statement that Rusada all rights should lose, but so far it has not come yet. A delegation of the anti-doping agency, so a new attempt to retrieve data in Moscow.

Rusada was established in 2015 suspended due to the state-controlled doping in Russian sport, and in particular in the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

It led to the exclusion of Russian athletes for the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last year. Only ‘clean’ athletes from Russia were under a neutral flag to participate.

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