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WADA denied access to lab data, Russian Anti-Doping Agency faces suspension

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Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is again on the verge of suspension after a World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team visiting a Moscow laboratory was denied access to raw data to complete its full reinstatement, WADA said on Friday.

The five-member WADA team had spent a week in Russia but left the Moscow lab and returned home frustrated and without having retrieved any of the data in Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) it had been promised access to.

Russian authorities maintained that the inspection team’s equipment to be used for the data extraction had not been certified under Russian law.

Access to the lab and data was a condition of WADA’s September decision to reinstate RUSADA.

The inspection team will now prepare a formal report which will be sent to the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC). The CRC will meet on Jan 14-15 when RUSADA’s code compliance status will again be considered.

The CRC’s recommendation will then be considered by the WADA executive committee.

WADA had set a Dec. 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.