Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

WADA considers news sanctions against RUSADA

WADA considers news sanctions against RUSADA

Russian Federation faced the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed the country had missed a December 31 deadline to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.

Leaders of the National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADO) said that WADA should not wait until January 14 meeting of WADA's Compliance Review Committee (CRC).

RUSADA was suspended in 2015 over accusations of violation of the worldwide anti-doping rules.

"I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed by the date agreed", said WADA president Craig Reedie.

Tygart's calls were echoed by the United Kingdom anti-doping organisation, which also demanded Russia's immediate suspension by WADA. "In doing this, WADA guaranteed Russian Federation would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by 31st December".

The Russian agency was conditionally reinstated in September, a move that was widely criticized by members of the antidoping movement. The doping scandal in the Russian sports led to sanctions against the Russian athletes, including stripping some of them of their 2016 Summer Olympics medals and imposing restrictions on the Russian national team ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

While UKAD has not signed Wednesday's statement from the NADOs, its athletes' commission has said its September "concerns have now been found to be completely justified" and WADA must "immediately declare RUSADA non-compliant".

But a second investigation in 2016 revealed that Russia's conspiracy to cheat went much wider, was directed by the ministry of sport and had a corrupted RUSADA at its heart - an indictment which eventually led to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspending Russian Federation in December 2017.

"With its suspension from the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee has served its sanction".

Reedie believes the deadline had been "clearly in the best interest of clean sport".

'In the name of sport, it is time to do what is right'.

July 2016: Russian Federation operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports, says a report from Professor Richard McLaren.

That IOC sanction, however, was lifted shortly after the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang but RUSADA's suspension meant the world's largest country was officially banned from bidding to host global sports events and its track and field athletes would have to continue competing as neutrals.

Critics have called for the meeting to take place immediately, both to avoid further delays and the possibility that some sort of compromise could be reached with RUSADA between now and then.

The IOC forced Russian Federation to compete neutrally at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics due to evidence of the country's doping problem.

Adding to the controversy, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach strongly hinted in his end of year address that Russian Federation will not receive further punishment from them, even if WADA do take action.

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