MOSCOW, October 9. / TASS /. The Moscow National Anti-Doping Laboratory (Moscow Laboratory) may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revoked its status to perform blood sample analysis WADA said in a press release on Saturday.
The WADA Executive Committee approved a recommendation from the WADA Disciplinary Committee to revoke the “approved” status of the Moscow laboratory to perform analysis of blood samples from athletes. The decision was taken “due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and its code of ethics”.
The Moscow Laboratory can appeal the decision to the CAS within 21 days.
In January 2020, WADA imposed a temporary suspension of analysis of blood samples, banning doping tests by the Russian organization. In November 2015, WADA suspended the accreditation of the Moscow laboratory, but in May 2016 it was allowed to resume blood tests for the athlete’s biological passport (AAP).
On December 17, 2020, the Lausanne Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the previous decision of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regarding a number of sanctions against Russian sport.
In particular, CAS confirmed WADA’s decision to declare RUSADA non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The court, however, decided to reduce the length of the sanctions from four years previously proposed to the two-year period.
The Switzerland-based court said in a statement Dec. 17 that the CAS panel “has unanimously determined that RUSADA is not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) due to its inability to secure delivery of the data. Genuine LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and underlying analytical data from the former Moscow laboratory to WADA “between 2012 and 2015. Russian authorities deny the allegations of manipulation.
CAS held hearings on a legal debate between RUSADA and WADA between 2 and 5 November 2020. Judges appointed in the CAS case between RUSADA and WADA were Mark Williams (Australia), Luigi Fumagalli (Italy) and Hamid Gharavi (France).
According to the CAS decision of December 17, 2020, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all world championships, Olympics and Paralympics under the national flag of Russia for a period of two years.
Russia’s national anthem has also been barred from being played at international sporting tournaments for the next two years, including the Olympics in Japan this year.
The decision of the Swiss-based court also deprived Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in effect until December 2022.