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WADA refuses to release names of experts visiting Moscow laboratory

November 27, 2018, 10:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

During the visit the WADA delegation is due to meet with Russia’s sports authorities

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided not to release the names of three experts, who are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday to work in the anti-doping laboratory, the organization’s press service told TASS.

"We have decided not to release the names of the three individuals at this stage. This is to allow them to conduct their work without undue pressure. I can tell you that the three-person delegation consists of scientists with particular technical expertise in anti-doping laboratory and data requirements," the press service said.

Providing WADA with access to doping samples data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, sealed off due to a federal investigation, by the year-end is a key condition for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The delegation will include three WADA experts, and all in all five specialists will work in the laboratory.

During the visit the WADA delegation is due to meet with Russia’s sports authorities and the sides are expected to agree on a date of the specialists’ second visit to Moscow.

The WADA Executive Committee announced on September 20 that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was again in compliance with the Code of the global agency and its membership was reinstated. In case RUSADA fails to comply with the conditions for reinstatement, the organization will be again stripped of the compliance status.

RUSADA was declared non-compliant with the WADA Code in November 2015 after a doping scandal in Russia’s track and field athletics. New doping revelations were later made based on claims of former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who fled to the United States. Amid the continuing doping scandals, the decision on reinstating the organization has been postponed many times.

Over the past years, RUSADA has undergone significant changes. Its top management resigned and the organization received full independence from the Russian Sports Ministry, and independent experts from WADA and the UK Anti-Doping Agency provided assistance in its work.

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