WADA chief 'bitterly disappointed' by Russia missing deadline

WADA Head Craig Reedy

WADA Head Craig Reedy

The wisdom of that compromise agreement was cast into doubt on Monday when Russian Federation missed a December 31 deadline to comply with its key requirement - access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory at the heart of its state-sponsored doping programme.

On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee made a decision 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.

WADA's compliance review committee is to meet on January 14 and 15 to consider reinstating the ban, and the WADA executive committee will meet "as soon as practicable thereafter" to consider the recommendation, a WADA news release said on Tuesday.

"We now expect that following the process recommended by the CRC that Russian Federation will be declared non-compliant".

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

"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".

Experts from WADA left Moscow empty-handed on December 21 after Russian authorities demanded WADA certify their equipment under Russian law.

However, they missed a 31 December deadline for providing electronic data from the laboratory and groups of athletes are now demanding Russian Federation be suspended once more.

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.

"In Pyeongchang, we sanctioned the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russian Federation during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014", he said in a New Year's message.

In September, Wada controversially lifted its suspension of Rusada - which was imposed in November 2015 - pending the meeting of conditions in a "roadmap to compliance".

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

"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".

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.

UK Anti-Doping, which did not add its name to the statement, nonetheless said it was "deeply concerned" by Russia's behaviour.

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

Russia's athletics team was barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics and also missed the IAAF World Championships in London a year later.

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