WADA chief 'bitterly disappointed' by Russia missing deadline

The Federal State Budgetary Institution 'Federal Scientific Center for Physical Culture and Sports' which houses the Moscow Anti-doping Center

World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie says he is "disappointed" at the organization's failure to access Moscow laboratory data as the deadline for the step elapsed at the end of 2018.

Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, branded the situation a "total joke and an embarrassment" for the beleaguered governing body, which he said should immediately reinstate a ban on the country's athletes.

Wada's compliance review committee will now meet on 14 January to make a recommendation to Wada's executive committee on how to proceed but Wada's athlete committee said the only option is for Russian Federation to be suspended again.

If Russia fails to fulfill WADA's conditions, RUSADA may be once again declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and Russian athletes may be stripped of the right to compete at the global level.

The deadline was set in September, when WADA lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports after a report which uncovered a state-sponsored doping program in Russia.

"With the interest of clean sport hanging in the balance, WADA must call for CRC to convene and consider this matter without further delay", it added.

WADA on Tuesday expressed bitter disappointment that Russian Federation had not met a key deadline.

However, a WADA mission tasked with retrieving raw data from the Moscow laboratory has not managed to complete the task in time due to the issues related to the certification of the equipment used by it to extract the data.

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"WADA also continues its work with RUSADA, including through the presence of a WADA-commissioned Independent International Expert at RUSADA's headquarters, to ensure that proper anti-doping activities, in particular testing, are being carried out in Russian Federation".

Russian Federation was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada's inspection team were denied full access to samples.

WADA would have lifted that suspension earlier if Russia had complied with the terms of a 2016 "roadmap to reinstatement" agreement but progress on that had completely stalled, with the Russian authorities refusing to budge on its last two items: public acceptance of the state-run programme and access to the Moscow lab, which has been treated as a crime scene since November 2015.

The statement continued by saying that the Russian State must prove that it had learned from the debacle and should be declared non-compliant until such time as it had supplied WADA with the previously requested data.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Nick Paterson was in no doubt Russian Federation had run out of time.

Reedie and other Wada leaders have been under withering criticism since the decision in September.

IOC President Thomas Bach has caused added controversy by hinting in his end of year address that Russian Federation may face no further punishment from the IOC even if WADA does declare them non-compliant again.

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