Craig Reedie, president of the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said that the organization’s delegation was able to access the database of the Moscow Laboratory.
WADA, as reported on Friday at the Olympic Sports Expertise Center for Insidethegames.biz, confirmed that data collection was successfully carried out in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) laboratory. The organization will then examine whether the information is authentic or whether manipulation has taken place. This process can take up to months.
At the end of December, WADA had been unsuccessful for a week in obtaining the doping test results of Russian athletes between 2011 and 2015 in Moscow. The delegation was not allowed to use its own equipment to copy the database, claiming that it did not have a Russian certificate.
A week ago, Dmitry Peszkov, the Kremlin spokesman for Moscow, told reporters that Russia had agreed with WADA on the transfer of data, which had been hampered by “technical reasons”.
The Russian Russian News Agency drew attention to the fact that the success of the mission “depends on the future of the entire Russian sport”, which could be severely penalized if the operating license was withdrawn from RUSADA under the relevant international rules. The HCLB recalled that the Russian Anti-Doping Organization had received its test license on 20 September, and a WADA delegation had been in Moscow for a preparatory visit in November.
Following the first unsuccessful collection of data, the Russian side requested that the deadline for meeting the operating conditions of RUSADA be extended until 31 December, but that WADA had only now accessed the data. By 31 June, RUSADA must provide WADA with all samples stored in a Moscow laboratory for re-inspection.
RUSADA and the operation of the Moscow Laboratory were suspended at the end of 2015, after WADA published a report of its competent committee in November, stating that there was a comprehensive doping in Russia. A year later, an independent panel of experts led by Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer professor at WADA, concluded that doping in Russia had been systematically applied with state aid. According to the report, between 2011 and 2015, Russian doping control bodies manipulated a sample of thousands of athletes in 30 sports and concealed positive test results.
The Russian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio even avoided complete exclusion; Those who received it were only allowed to take part in competitions in neutral colors.