WADA revoked accreditation of Moscow Antidoping Center

Apr 17, 2016 09:11 IST

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 16 April 2016 revoked the accreditation of the Moscow Antidoping Center of Russia.

The laboratory was suspended on 10 November 2015 as recommended in the WADA independent commission report that laid bare evidence of state-sponsored doping and corruption in sport in Russia. The report found that laboratory director Grigori Rodchenkov had ordered close to 1500 samples to be destroyed, prompting the disgraced director's resignation.

It was suspended due to non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories and the related Technical documents and since then, the lab was prohibited from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples

The revocation was accepted by the Laboratory and will enter into force immediately and means that the Laboratory will continue to be prevented from carrying out the testing of doping control samples on behalf of WADA or any testing authority.

The decision was taken by Executive Committee of WADA following a thorough review of the status of the Laboratory by an independent WADA appointed Disciplinary Panel.

But the Russian Athletics Federation remains under scrutiny, with new head Dmitry Shlyakhtin working to overturn a ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over allegations of systematic doping that could see Russian track and field stars sidelined from the Rio de Janeiro Games in August 2016.

The WADA independent commission report published in November 2015 alleged that senior Russian federation officials enabled the use of performance-enhancing drugs and covered up doping violations, among other damning accusations.

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