MOSCOW, January 14. The Independent Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), when considering the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), will take into account all relevant information on the work of the organization’s experts in the Moscow laboratory. This was reported to TASS in the press service of WADA
The Compliance Committee on Monday will hold the first of two meetings at which a recommendation will be made to the WADA ExCo on the status of RUSADA, which was restored in September last year. At the same time, the work of WADA experts with a database of testing doping samples of Russian athletes from 2011 to 2015, which was to be completed by the end of the year, is still ongoing.
"Yes, the Compliance Committee will meet today and tomorrow in Montreal. It will consider all relevant information on this [expert work] issue," says WADA.
WADA experts began work on obtaining data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory on Thursday. On September 20, the WADA executive committee returned to RUSADA the status of compliance, which the Russian organization was denied in 2015, provided that the Russian side provides access to the database by December 31, 2018.
In November and December, WADA experts visited the Moscow laboratory twice, but could not extract the database, because their equipment did not pass certification in accordance with Russian legislation. Since the Russian side did not provide a database until December 31, the heads of the anti-doping agencies of 16 countries were in favor of suspension RUSADA, which threatens Russian athletes from weaning from international competitions.
WADA Executive Board will decide on RUSADA on January 22.