Russian doping: Wada 'bitterly disappointed' as Russia misses deadline

Travis Tygart chief executive of the US Anti Doping Agency

Travis Tygart chief executive of the US Anti Doping Agency

President Craig Reedie is disappointed over the organization's failure to get the data of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory by the December 31 deadline, the WADA press office reported on its website on Tuesday.

A five-person WADA expert team, led by independent expert Dr Jose Antonio (Toni) Pascual, was sent to Russian Federation to retrieve data from the former Moscow Laboratory but returned empty-handed.

NADO, which represents national anti-doping agencies from 16 countries, said the anti-doping world fully expects a decisive response in support of the clean athletes of the world.

That process will now see the independent Compliance Review Committee meet on January 14 and 15 to examine the developments before a recommendation is made to WADA.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee made a decision 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.

Tygart also called for Rusada to be immediately suspended again, which would stop Russian Federation hosting major events and also leave the country's athletes facing other possible sanctions.

The body's President Sir Craig Reedie claimed he was "bitterly disappointed" after Russian authorities blocked the data extraction as "equipment was not certified under the country's law".

"Since then, WADA has been working diligently with the Russian authorities to meet the deadline, which was clearly in the best interest of clean sport".

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"Despite Wada jumping through each hoop the Russians put forward, and making a team available to go to the Russian lab, it has been clear that Russia had no intention of delivering on the requirements of the Wada deal of September 2018".

But Wada said on 21 December it had been unable to "complete its mission".

WADA's confirmation of the missed deadline came as US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart described Russia's return to the sports fold "a total joke and an embarrassment".

On 20 September 2018 the WADA Executive Committee created an opportunity by providing a new opportunity for Russian Federation to demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of clean athletes and a willingness to play by the rules. "In doing this Wada guaranteed Russian Federation would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme". "Otherwise the WADA compliance review committee and the WADA executive committee must now immediately declare RUSADA non-compliant", the commission said in a statement quoted by United Kingdom media.

"Once more we are dismayed but not surprised that Russian Federation has missed another deadline, he said".

"Comments made yesterday by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, which are extremely unhelpful, demonstrate why the IOC are out of touch with athletes", he said.

The IOC lifted its ban on Russian Federation at the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Today, that commitment is stronger than ever, and that is why we believe Russian Federation must be held accountable for its continuing failure to comply.

"It is now up to WADA to act decisively and quickly, otherwise there will be no outcome for a country that has been proven to operate a systematic doping regime".

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