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by Shane Stokes
November 11, 2017
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Further sanctions seem possible against Russian cyclists and other sportspeople following the news that antidoping officials have acquired reams of data relating to the country’s national antidoping lab. “Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) advised its Executive Committee and Foundation Board that, at the end of October, WADA’s independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) Department acquired new intelligence concerning the former WADA-accredited Moscow Laboratory,” it said in a statement.
“Specifically, the I&I Department is in possession of an electronic file that the Department is confident is the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database of the Moscow Laboratory, i.e. all testing data between January 2012 – August 2015.”
The news comes more than a year after WADA’s independent McLaren Investigation confirmed allegations of institutionalized manipulation of the doping control process before, during and after the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those allegations were made by the former director of the Moscow laboratory, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.
Russia has rejected the accusations and the related punishments, but the latest information is a further blow to the country’s sports credibility. According to the New York Times, a whistleblower provided the data. “WADA continues to stand firmly behind the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation,” said Craig Reedie, WADA President. “This new intelligence serves to reinforce our requirement of Russian authorities that they too publicly accept the outcomes; so that, we can all move forward in rebuilding public trust and confidence in Russian sport.”
WADA said that its I&I Department is currently finalizing the forensic analysis of the backup file and is assessing what information is relevant. “The Department anticipates being in the position to provide more information to WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings to be held on 15 and 16 November respectively.”
Click through to read more at the New York Times.