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Kremlin Says 'Understanding' Reached On Doping Data For WADA

January 09, 2019

The Kremlin says Russia and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have reached an understanding on the handover of crucial data from the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

A WADA delegation has arrived in Moscow on January 9 for their third visit seeking the lab data.

The Moscow laboratory data could help WADA file doping charges against numerous Russian athletes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on January 9 that "as far as we know via our sports authorities, there are intensive contacts under way and now understanding has been reached with the WADA representatives regarding how the work will continue."

Russia missed a deadline to hand over the data by December 31, meaning its anti-doping agency, RUSADA, could face sanctions from WADA.

The failure also led to calls for the country to be suspended from global sporting competition.

During the earlier visit, Russian officials declined to turn over data, saying the WADA inspectors' technical equipment was incompatible with Russia systems.

RUSADA, was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field and other sports.

The report cast a shadow over the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

RUSADA was conditionally reinstated in September following a three-year suspension, a move that was widely criticized by members of the anti-doping movement.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Interfax

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