WADA VP Calls for Immediate Meeting on Russian Anti-Doping Agency's Status

Sir Craig Reedie has confirmed Russia missed the December 31 deadline to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory in Moscow

Sir Craig Reedie has confirmed Russia missed the December 31 deadline to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory in Moscow

The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athletes Committee on Wednesday demanded Russian Federation be hit with new sanctions over its failure to meet a crucial deadline to hand over data from its drug-tainted Moscow laboratory.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee chose to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, sealed for a federal investigation, before the end of the year.

The deadline was set in September, when WADA conditionally lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports.

In September, Wada controversially lifted its suspension of Rusada - which was imposed in November 2015 - pending the meeting of conditions in a "roadmap to compliance". They should only consider a declaration of compliance once WADA has received and verified the electronic data as well as access to all the samples in the Moscow Laboratory.

WADA said it had written to Russia's Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, and the Director General of RUSADA, Yury Ganus, to officially notify them of the situation.

"Despite Wada jumping through each hoop the Russians put forward, and making a team available to go to the Russian lab, it has been clear that Russia had no intention of delivering on the requirements of the Wada deal of September 2018".

"In doing this WADA guaranteed Russian Federation would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by today".

The statement continued by saying that the Russian State must prove that it had learned from the debacle and should be declared non-compliant until such time as it had supplied WADA with the previously requested data.

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Tygart, who brought down disgraced former USA cyclist Lance Armstrong, called on Wada to reinstate a ban on Russian athletes.

However, while criticism of both WADA and the International Olympic Committee has once again been strong, just like in September it has come nearly exclusively from the western world.

"It is now up to WADA to act decisively and quickly, otherwise there will be no outcome for a country that has been proven to operate a systematic doping regime".

February 2018: Russian Federation are banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by the International Olympic Committee, but 169 athletes who prove they are clean allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

This could become very significant, as International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach's New Year message to global sport strongly suggested he believes Russian Federation has already served its punishment for its flagrant cheating and it is time to move on.

"NADO leaders implore WADA to use its full authority and resources to expedite this matter".

As promised in September, the Russian authorities did eventually let a small team of experts visit the laboratory last month but they were prevented from extracting the raw data from its testing equipment because their devices had not been approved, despite no such demand being made before the team's arrival in Moscow.

A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, March 28, 2018.

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