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WADA experts to return to Moscow next week

AFP  |  Moscow 

A team of experts will return to next week to conduct an audit of the Russian anti-doping agency, Russian officials said Tuesday.

has made access to the agency's lab a condition of the continued reinstatement of following major doping scandals.

Last week, was given access to the drug-testing laboratory for the first time.

The visit was to prepare access to data and control samples from 2011 to 2015, the period when investigations found institutional doping.

"Our aim is to pass the audit successfully, we are preparing for that," RUSADA's vice said in comments carried by Russian media.

"will come (to Russia) on December 10 and RUSADA's audit will be on December 11 and 12," she said.

RUSADA's told the agency that the audit will be "a separate procedure" to the earlier lab visit.

WADA suspended in November 2015 after investigations, including one by Canadian Richard McLaren, found organised massive doping fraud centred on the Moscow testing laboratory.

After a long stalemate, WADA reversed the steps and declared "compliant" in September.

The body has been widely criticised for the decision but says it will impose fresh sanctions if does not allow raw data to be recovered from its lab.

WADA hopes it can recover data which will allow it to establish a list of samples to be reanalysed -- if they have not been destroyed -- and then forward the files to international federations which could then open disciplinary proceedings.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 18:25 IST