WADA must act now on Russia missing deadline: NADO

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is facing fresh calls to impose another ban on Russia's anti-doping body (Rusada) after the organisation missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to reinstate the ban on Russian Federation, calling the country's return to the sports fold "a total joke".

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

WADA's leadership has been strongly criticised over its decision to lift Russia's suspension before obtaining access to the information sought from its Moscow laboratory, expected to shed light on the extent of Russian cheating spanning several years and including multiple major championships. However, there have been a series of delays while WADA claimed it was "ironing out" issues with officials in Moscow over access.

"WADA has now written to Russia's Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, and the Director General of RUSADA, Yury Ganus, to officially notify them of the situation and to remind them of the next steps in the process", the document says.

"In a public statement the WADA President Sir Craig Reedie 100 per cent guaranteed that the Russian Government would comply with WADA's compromised terms".

Prior to April 2018, the agency only really had power over its accredited anti-doping laboratories and NADOs, but a revision of its "international standard for code compliance by signatories" means WADA, in theory, can ban Russian Federation from hosting global events without needing the IOC to do it.

Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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

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

"Anything less than this will have a devastating impact on the anti-doping system". WADA said on Tuesday it had not received access to the data in time, adding that the CRC would present recommendations on the status of RUSADA after its session in mid-January.

February 2018: Russian Federation are banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by the International Olympic Committee, but 169 athletes who prove they are clean allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

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.

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.

"The governance is taking an unnecessary risk to put RUSADA's (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) interest ahead of global clean athletes and even Russian clean athletes".

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.

  • Stacy Allen