Montreal - Russia faced the possibility of renewed sporting
sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed the
country had missed a December 31 deadline to hand over data from its
anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.
"I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from
the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed by the date agreed,"
said WADA president Craig Reedie.
WADA said the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC)
will now consider the next step in the long-running saga at a January 14-15
The end-of-year deadline was set in September, when WADA
lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), paving the way for
Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports after a report
which uncovered a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.
WADA's confirmation of the missed deadline came as US
Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart described Russia's return to the sports
fold "a total joke and an embarrassment".
However, in his New Year message, International Olympic
Committee president Thomas Bach insisted sporting superpower Russia had been
"With its suspension from the Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee has served its sanction,"
WADA personnel travelled to Russia in December but were
unable to extract all of the promised data.
WADA said at the time its team could not complete its
mission "due to an issue raised by the Russian authorities that the team's
equipment to be used for the data extraction was required to be certified under
With WADA waiting and the December 31 deadline looming,
RUSADA chief Yury Ganus asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene to
stave off another ban that put Russia "on the brink of the abyss".
However, the Kremlin said RUSADA's concerns about new
sanctions were "without foundation."
Reedie added on Tuesday: "WADA has been working
diligently with the Russian authorities to meet the deadline, which was clearly
in the best interest of clean sport. The process agreed by WADA's ExCo in
September will now be initiated."
That process will now see the independent Compliance Review
Committee meet on January 14 and 15 to examine the developments before a
recommendation is made to WADA.
That could lead to RUSADA again being declared
Tygart said Russia missing the deadline should come as no
"In September, WADA secretly moved the goal posts and
reinstated Russia against the wishes of athletes, governments and the
public," Tygart said. "In doing this WADA guaranteed Russia would
turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by today.
"No one is surprised this deadline was ignored and it's
time for WADA to stop being played by the Russians and immediately declare them
non-compliant for failing yet again to meet the deadline."
Last month, the governing body of world athletics (IAAF)
said they were maintaining Russia's ban from track and field over the
state-backed doping controversy.
Russia's athletics team was barred from the 2016 Rio
Olympics and also missed the IAAF World Championships in London a year later.
A number of Russian athletes, however, have been granted
permission by the IAAF to compete as neutrals after meeting the exceptional
eligibility criteria, essentially demonstrating that they have come through
transparent anti-doping testing.
The IOC lifted its ban on Russia at the end of the
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Later on Tuesday, the athletes commission of the UK
Anti-Doping Agency called for Russia to be declared non-compliant.
"The Russian state need to prove unequivocally that
they have learned from the biggest doping scandal under WADA's watch,"
said a statement.
"And that they will be committed to a drug-free,
transparent regime across international sport.
"Otherwise WADA..must now declare RUSADA