‘WADA now must act on Russia missing deadline’

Russian National Anti-doping Agency head Yuri Ganus

Russian National Anti-doping Agency head Yuri Ganus

Wada was left with egg on its face after the Russian authorities allowed a 31 December deadline to hand over doping data from its Moscow lab to lapse - the key condition of a controversial deal to lift the three-year suspension on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September. But it was conditionally - and controversially - reinstated in September.

However, a statement from WADA on New Year's Day confirmed "the deadline has elapsed without the data having been retrieved".

"We are extremely disappointed that the Dec 31 deadline imposed on Russia by Wada has not been adhered to by the Russian authorities", the committee said in a statement.

"We now expect that following the process recommended by the CRC that Russian Federation will be declared non-compliant".

WADA's compliance review committee is to meet on January 14 and 15 to consider reinstating the ban, and the WADA executive committee will meet "as soon as practicable thereafter" to consider the recommendation, a WADA news release said on Tuesday.

He said: "In September, Wada moved the goalposts and reinstated Russian Federation against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public".

"These terms have not been met".

RUSADA was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.

People have accused WADA of being played by the Russians and letting the Russians get their own way and this has got to stop. They should only consider a declaration of compliance once WADA has received and verified the electronic data as well as access to all the samples in the Moscow Laboratory.




UKAD themselves has also released a statement saying they are "deeply concerned" by the situation.

But critics of Russian Federation urged WADA to take a hard line against the nation for missing the deadline.

Now those terms have not been met, it said: "The Russian state needs to prove unequivocally that they have learned from the biggest doping scandal under Wada's watch, and that they will from this date forward be committed to a drug-free, transparent regime across global sport".

British Olympians are part of a chorus of calls from athletes around the world for Russian Federation to face another ban from global sport. In response to the latest news, it asked WADA president Craig Reedie and Director General Olivier Niggli "to show leadership and take responsibility for WADA's decision making".

"As has been the case from the outset of this ordeal, there has been a continual shift of the goalposts in relation to the reinstatement of Russia's compliance", chief executive John Treacy said.

The committee will make recommendation to WADA's Executive Committee on how to proceed.

"Anything less than this will have a devastating impact on the anti-doping system".

February 2018: Russian Federation are banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by the International Olympic Committee, but 169 athletes who prove they are clean allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

"The comments also underline why the International Olympic Committee should not be involved in the decision making when it comes to matters of anti-doping". Another documentary aired eight months later, and WADA subsequently suspended RUSADA.

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