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WADA sanctions Russian anti-doping laboratory

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MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) mentioned on Saturday it had revoked the standing of a Moscow anti-doping laboratory as a result of it did not adjust to moral and laboratory requirements.

The National Anti-Doping Laboratory in Moscow had already been provisionally suspended in January 2020.

WADA mentioned the choice means the laboratory “remains ineligible to carry out any work related to the analysis of blood samples in connection with the athlete biological passport (ABP) or any other form of anti-doping analysis…”

The laboratory has 21 days to enchantment the choice on the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), WADA mentioned.

In 2016 WADA had authorised the laboratory to analyse athlete organic passports (ABP) to make sure the programme’s continuity. However, its proper to hold out different anti-doping actions remained revoked.

ABP is designed to watch completely different organic elements that reveal doping over time.

The laboratory’s full accreditation was revoked in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report discovered proof of institutionalised doping in Russian athletics.

Russia is banned from competing underneath its flag and with its nationwide anthem at main worldwide sporting occasions, together with subsequent yr’s Beijing Winter Olympics, as a part of sanctions designed to punish Moscow for having offered WADA with doctored laboratory information.

Russia has denied the existence of state-sponsored doping within the nation however has at instances acknowledged shortcomings in its enforcement of anti-doping rules.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; enhancing by Pritha Sarkar

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