WADA, Rus­sia cut­ting it close

Hartford Courant - - Sports - By As­so­ci­ated Press

MOSCOW — World Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­spec­tors’ bid to ob­tain dop­ing data will head into a sixth day in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal as a WADA panel pre­pares to rule whether Rus­sia has kept its word on the is­sue.

WADA re­in­stated the Rus­sian anti- dop­ing agency in Septem­ber — against protests from nu­mer­ous West­ern ath­letes and sports groups — on con­di­tion Rus­sia pro­vided the data. The in­for­ma­tion could al­low WADA to charge top Rus­sian ath­letes with past drug of­fenses.

Af­ter Rus­sia missed a Dec. 31 dead­line, WADA al­lowed it to turn over the files in time for a WADA Com­pli­ance Re­view Com­mit­tee meet­ing Mon­day and Tues­day in Mon­treal.

WADA said Sun­day that its team, which ar­rived in Moscow on Wed­nes­day, “is still in the lab col­lect­ing the data.”

WADA and Rus­sian of­fi­cials orig­i­nally said the visit was likely to take no more than three days. Nei­ther side has ex­plained the ex­ten­sion.

The de­lay could mean lit­tle or no time be­fore the com­mit­tee meets to an­a­lyze what Rus­sia has ac­tu­ally handed over — or to check for pos­si­ble forg­eries.

The WADA com­mit­tee will make an in­flu­en­tial rec­om­men­da­tion on whether to sus­pend the Rus­sian agency, known as RUSADA, but the fi­nal call will be made by WADA’s board on Jan. 22.

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