WADA suspended the Moscow anti-doping laboratory

the World anti-doping Agency (WADA) suspended the license of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. The suspension prohibits organizations to perform any work related to the analysis of blood samples.

As the press service of the WADA, this decision will remain in effect until completion of disciplinary proceedings, which is connected with accusation of the Russian side in violation of a number of anti-doping rules.

Previously, the Executive Committee of the WADA approved the Committee’s recommendations for compliance with the deprivation of four years of Russia’s participation in major international competitions, including the Olympic games and also banned athletes to compete under the Russian flag.

Recall, a series of doping scandals in Russia began in 2014, when the German ARD TV channel showed a documentary, Hyo seppelt the “Secrets of doping: How Russia makes its winners,” in which spouses Vitaly and Yulia Stepanova told about the reception of the forbidden preparations, and also about the substitution of doping tests.

In 2015, WADA has created the independent Commission which investigated and recommended that the International Association of athletics federations (IAAF) to suspend Russia from international competitions. The IAAF has suspended the membership of the all-Russian athletics Federation, and WADA has recognized the activities of the RUSADA anti-doping is not relevant to the code.

in the Spring of 2016 the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov in an interview with The New York Times has accused Russia of supporting doping system at the state level. WADA was invited by the canadian Professor Richard McLaren, to investigate data provided by Rodchenkova.

that Summer, McLaren has published the first part of its report, which asserted that in Russia the system to conceal a positive doping tests. According to the results of the report of the WADA recommended to suspend Russia from participation in the summer Olympic games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Despite the allegations, the IOC allowed Russian athletes to the Games in Rio, with the exception of athletes and weightlifters.

In December 2016 McLaren has published the second part of the report. From the document it became known that the doping program in Russia were involved over a thousand athletes, including several gold medalists of the Sochi Games.

a year Later, the IOC did not allow Russia before the winter Olympic games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang. In this case, the “pure” Russian athletes allowed to compete at the Olympics under a neutral flag. After the Games in South Korea, WADA has restored the membership of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA). A condition was the provision of access to data on urine samples. Russia fulfilled its obligations, but with a delay.