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WADA experts to arrive to take Moscow lab’s database on January 9

Executive Committee decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory
Minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov Sergei Bobilev/TASS
Minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov
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MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will arrive in Moscow on January 9 to receive the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the press service of the Russian ministry of sport said on Monday quoting Minister Pavel Kolobkov as saying.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, sealed for a federal investigation, before the end of the year. WADA also expects Russia to provide all suspicious samples from the laboratory for retesting until June 30, 2019. If Russia fails to fulfill WADA’s conditions, RUSADA may be once again declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and Russian athletes may be stripped of the right to compete at the international level.

In November and December 2018, WADA experts twice visited the Moscow laboratory but could not finish their work as their equipment was reportedly not certified under the Russian laws.