The experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday, January 9, arrived in Moscow. They should get access to the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, reports TASS with reference to a representative of the agency.
The group will begin work on 10 January. According to the speaker, experts will stay in Russia for two or three days. Earlier, on December 9, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that an understanding was found between the Russian side and WADA on the transfer of doping test data.
Representatives of the agency should have access to the base of the Moscow laboratory until December 31, but could not do this because of problems with equipment certification. According to the head of WADA, Craig Reedy, after receiving information about the doping samples, Russians may open new cases.
Due to the failure to provide access to the Moscow laboratory, many athletes and organizations called on WADA to deny the status of compliance with the code to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, but the international body has not yet punished RUSADA. The status of the agency will be considered on January 14-15.
Concern about the situation in December expressed the head of RUSADA Yuri Ganus. He addressed the president with a request to influence the situation with the admission of WADA members to doping tests, and also asked not to allow the isolation of Russian sports. The Kremlin responded by pointing out the groundlessness of many of the concerns of Ganus.