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Moscow State University informs WADA on anti-doping lab establishment

March 14, 18:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Moscow State University (MSU) has sent a letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notifying it of establishing a new anti-doping laboratory on the university’s premises, MSU Rector Viktor Sadovnichy said on Tuesday.

"I have sent a letter yesterday to the WADA management notifying it that the university has launched work on the establishment on an anti-doping laboratory," Sadovnichy told a news conference in TASS on Tuesday. "I have also extended invitations to WADA executives and specialists to come and visit us to see the start of our work."

Sadovnichy also said that the university was ready to invite for future work foreign specialists as well as domestic experts from the currently suspended Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

"In case strong and smart people express intentions of working with us, we will hire them," Sadovnichy said. "We are most likely to hire foreign experts as well."

Less than two years ago, the WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation of the activities of RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency), the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9, 2015.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.

Starting in January 2016, control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

Beginning last year, Russian athletes were constantly under the gun due to numerous doping abuse accusations. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, conducted an investigation into doping allegations in Russian sports and eventually came up with two parts to the report, the first delivered in July and the second in early December.

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