TORONTO (Reuters) – A long-running doping scandal could be heading towards a conclusion when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) receives a report from their Compliance Review Committee (CRC) next week that could confirm Russia’s conditional reinstatement.
Having, after much stalling, allowed a WADA inspection team access to data in a tainted Moscow laboratory on Thursday, Russian authorities will no doubt say they have met the final demand laid out in a Roadmap to Compliance and call for the conditional status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be lifted.
CRC - Members - Inspection - Teams - WADA
The CRC will meet members of the inspection teams at WADA’s Montreal headquarters on Monday and Tuesday then submit a report to the executive committee recommending whether RUSADA be declared compliant or be slapped with new sanctions.
Tensions and suspicions are running high after a WADA inspection team was prevented from retrieving the data last month when Russian authorities said the equipment being used was not certified under Russian law.
Access - Data - Dec - Deadline - Condition
Access to the data before a Dec. 31 deadline had been a condition of WADA’s September decision to provisionally reinstate RUSADA.
A second WADA inspection team went to Moscow and began retrieving data on Thursday but some athletes’ groups and anti-doping organizations have expressed concern over whether all the material would be handed over and whether it had been tampered with.
WADA - Possession - Data - Authorities
Once WADA is in possession of the data Russian authorities must also ensure...
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