Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Anti-doping bodies urge WADA to act as Russia misses deadline

Anti-doping bodies urge WADA to act as Russia misses deadline

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is facing fresh calls to impose another ban on Russia's anti-doping body (Rusada) after the organisation missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory.

The country could now be at risk of another ban from worldwide events after a state-sponsored doping scandal.

The committee will make recommendation to WADA's Executive Committee on how to proceed.

WADA's compliance review committee is to meet on January 14 and 15 to consider reinstating the ban, and the WADA executive committee will meet "as soon as practicable thereafter" to consider the recommendation, a WADA news release said on Tuesday.

"Uninhibited access to the Moscow laboratory and the athletes data was the first condition of Wada's reinstatement of Rusada in September 2018", a statement said.

That process will now see the independent Compliance Review Committee meet on January 14 and 15 to examine the developments before a recommendation is made to WADA.

Later Tuesday, the athletes commission of the UK Anti-Doping Agency called for Russian Federation to be declared non-compliant.

Its failure to meet the deadline, however, raises the prospect of Russian Federation being banned from a second consecutive Olympics and remaining shut out of global athletics.

"With its suspension from the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee has served its sanction".

"I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed by the date agreed", said WADA president Craig Reedie.

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The decision to lift the ban aroused a wave of criticism directed at Wada and especially at 77-year-old Reedie.

Under IOC and political pressure to break the deadlock, WADA compromised, agreeing to reinstate RUSADA, providing it granted independent access to the laboratory by the end of the year and then released any stored anti-doping samples needed to prosecute cases by the end of June 2019.

"In September, WADA moved the goalposts and reinstated Russian Federation against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public", added Tygart.

"In doing this, Wada guaranteed Russian Federation would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by 31 December".

"No one is surprised this deadline was ignored and it's time for WADA to stop being played by the Russians and immediately declare them non-compliant for failing yet again to meet the deadline", Tygart warned.

That could lead to RUSADA again being declared non-compliant.

On Tuesday, United States Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said Russia's failure to adhere to the deadline should come as no surprise.

"It is now up to WADA to act decisively and quickly, otherwise there will be no effect for a country that has been proven to operate a systematic doping regime". Clean sport and clean athletes deserve our support. 'We trust that those we look to for leadership will demonstrate their resolve and commitment to clean sport.

WADA has written to both Ganus and Russia's minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov to "officially notify them of the situation and to remind them of the next steps in the process".

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