WADA provisionally suspends approved status of Moscow lab

WADA provisionally suspends approved status of Moscow lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has provisionally suspended the WADA-approved status of the National Anti-Doping Laboratory of Moscow, WADA press service said.

This provisional suspension prohibits the Moscow Laboratory from carrying out any work related to the analysis of blood samples in connection with the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program.

The suspension was issued in line with WADA Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) recommendation to the organization’s president Witold Banka, TASS reported.

The suspension will remain in place pending disciplinary proceedings to be carried out by an independent Disciplinary Committee.

According to the WADA statement, Wednesday’s step was taken in light of the WADA Executive Committee decision made on December 9. On that day, RUSADA was stripped of its compliance status and sanctions were imposed  on the Russian sports after the discovery of manipulations with Moscow data laboratory doping samples in 2012-2015.