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Pavel Kolobkov says Moscow Laboratory is ready for another visit from WADA

24 December 2018

The Moscow Laboratory is ready for another inspection visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from December 25, Russia's Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said today during his visit to Novosibirsk.

A five-member party from WADA arrived to Moscow on December 17 to begin work on extracting data from doping samples from Russian athletes from 2011 to 2015, were unable to complete the work on time because their equipment had not been certified under the country's law. WADA reported that it was ready to resume the process if this issue was promptly resolved by the Russian authorities.

"Everything necessary in line with our requirements and tasks has been provided to them. We are now waiting for their response. I do not know [when] and not ready to announce it (about date of the third visit). We are waiting for them even from tomorrow – said Pavel Kolobkov.

WADA's Executive Committee voted 9-2 in favour of lifting RUSADA's ban in the Seychelles in September with a compulsory condition to get an access to the Moscow Laboratory before December 31.

In the event of non-compliance with at least one of the critical conditions of WADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency will immediately be deprived of compliance status, Russian athletes will be deprived of the right to compete at international competitions, and Russia will not be able to hold international competitions.

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