Russia: ‘They didn’t listen to our experts’ — Kolobkov on WADA committee’s doping recommendation

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said that experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) hadn’t listened to Russian experts’ position on the disputed Moscow laboratory data. Kolobkov was speaking in Moscow on Tuesday after news broke out on the WADA committee's recommendation to ban Russia for four years from all global sport. “They rely on the analysis carried out by WADA’s... Еще Investigations Department that was based on the conclusions of engaged experts from University of Lausanne. Our experts who represent Russian universities met them [WADA experts] and discussed all questions connected with the report. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen to our experts’ position, so they adopted the recommendations,” stressed Kolobkov. He also mentioned that Russia had “honestly fulfilled” all of its obligations and provided WADA with all info from the Moscow lab. “We are interested in putting an end to this story to let Russian sportsmen take part in competitions on equally with others and to stop these allegations,” he said. WADA announced on Monday that its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended that Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be declared non-compliant with the world anti-doping code after the CRC's investigation found that data handed over from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The committee said that the lab data «are neither complete nor fully authentic […] hundreds of presumptive adverse analytical findings that appear in the 2015 copy of the LIMS database have been removed from the 2019 copy, and the related underlying raw data and PDF files have been deleted or altered.» The CRC report also recommended that Russia be banned from all global sport for four years, including from organising any major sports events, which could affect next summer's Euro 2020 tournament as four games are set to be staged in St Petersburg. WADA's Executive Committee will vote on the CRC's recommendations in its meeting in Paris on December 9. The long-running doping saga goes back to 2015 when RUSADA was first declared non-compliant after a WADA-commissioned report by sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged «institutionalised» doping programme in Russia.

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