New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russian Federation misses doping deadline


The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is "bitterly disappointed" after it was confirmed Russia's anti-doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee chose 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.

"In September, WADA secretly moved the goal posts and reinstated Russian Federation against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public".

Russian Federation was controversially reinstated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in September a year ago. However, there have been a series of delays while WADA claimed it was "ironing out" issues with officials in Moscow over access.

Tygart's calls were echoed by the United Kingdom anti-doping organisation, which also demanded Russia's immediate suspension by WADA.

In a statement, Tygart said: "In September WADA secretly moved the goalposts and reinstated Russian Federation against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public".

"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", the statement says.

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.

Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency. In response to the latest news, it asked WADA president Craig Reedie and Director General Olivier Niggli "to show leadership and take responsibility for WADA's decision making".

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This could become very significant, as International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach's New Year message to global sport strongly suggested he believes Russian Federation has already served its punishment for its flagrant cheating and it is time to move on.

"Anything less than this will have a devastating impact on the anti-doping system".

"Otherwise WADA.must now declare RUSADA non-compliant".

IOC President Thomas Bach on Tuesday suggested the IOC was ready to move on following Russia's ban from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

"NADO leaders implore WADA to use its full authority and resources to expedite this matter".

They appeared to throw Russian Federation a lifeline that another ban can be avoided, however, if the laboratory information is provided to WADA by the time of the CRC meeting.

RUSADA's three-year suspension began in November 2015 following allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.

"I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow laboratory has not been completed by the date..."

Revelations of more widespread cheating at events including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi then emerged and the International Olympic Committee forced Russian Federation to compete under a neutral flag at Pyeongchang 2018 in February.