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Russia's sports ministry to ask WADA for Moscow lab speedy re-accreditation

November 19, 2015, 3:17 UTC+3
"We are ready to receive foreign specialists from the Wold Anti-Doping Agency until all the violations are corrected," said the Russian sports minister’s aide for anti-doping issues
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MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Sports Ministry will file a request with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for an accelerated procedure to re-accredit the Moscow anti-doping lab, the Russian sports minister’s aide for anti-doping issues has told TASS.

Earlier, WADA ruled that RUSADA was not compliant with the organisation’s code and also said a special discipline commission would be established to consider the issue of the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.

"As for revoking accreditation of the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, we should like to draw WADA’s attention to the fact that in that case, in line with Russian laws, the budget financing would be cut off and as a result, the lab would lose its highly qualified staff," said Natalya Zhelanova, who is taking part at the WADA Foundation Board Meeting. "It is going to weaken the anti-doping programme in Russia."

"Taking into account our common goals in the anti-doping policy, we are asking WADA’s assistance to carry out a speedy procedure of re-accreditation," she said. "We are ready to receive foreign specialists from the Wold Anti-Doping Agency until all the violations are corrected."

Last Monday, an Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published results of its probe into activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission made accusations against some athletics officials and athletes, urging the IAAF to suspend the ARAF.

On Friday, the IAAF council voted 22-1 to suspend the Russian federation. At the same time, the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow was ruled not be compliant with the WADA code. The step could prevent Russian track and field athletes from taking part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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