WADA has revoked the license of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory

The International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the license from Russia’s anti-doping laboratory in Moscow to analyze blood samples for athletes’ biological passports. The organization decided on this by a vote of the executive committee on Saturday, because the facility in the Russian capital, according to WADA, does not comply with the international standard and code of ethics. It is possible to appeal against the decision within three weeks.

The Moscow laboratory has been temporarily suspended since last January, and since then it has not been allowed to analyze new blood samples for the purpose of compiling biological passports. She could continue to work on her own biological passport program. But now WADA has announced that the laboratory “is incapable of performing any activity related to the analysis of blood samples for the needs of athletes’ biological passports or any other form of anti-doping analysis,” WADA said.

Last year’s interim measure followed a month and a half after WADA punished Russia with a four-year ban on participating in top sporting events for manipulating data from a Moscow laboratory. The CAS Sports Arbitration Court subsequently halved the sentence.

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The facility in the Russian capital lost accreditation as early as 2015, when suspicion of covering doping for domestic athletes first appeared. Moscow partially obtained the authorization to perform analyzes of blood samples in 2016.

Due to the doping scandal, Russia is not allowed to perform under its flag and anthem for two years at the Olympic and Paralympic Games or World Championships. Only those competitors who have demonstrably nothing to do with systematic doping in the country can present themselves as neutral athletes at top events.

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