A five-person WADA delegation will travel to Moscow on December 17 to access the city’s anti-doping laboratory and gain access to its raw data, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday. Access to the lab and data before the end of the year was a condition of WADA’s September decision to reinstate Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA). Russian authorities must also ensure that any re-analysis of samples required by WADA following review of the laboratory data is completed by no later than June 30 2019.
WADA has set a December 31 deadline for RUSADA to meet the condition or once again be found non-compliant and face even tougher sanctions laid out in the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories.
RUSADA was suspended in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report that outlined evidence of massive state-backed, systematic doping in Russian athletics, allegations which Moscow denied.
WADA readmitted RUSADA in September, angering sports bodies around the globe, but said a failure to allow access to the Moscow laboratory would lead to a renewed ban.
Earlier this month the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations voted to continue its doping-related ban of the Russian Athletics Federation that has been in place since 2015.