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Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) experts are taking longer than expected to extract
testing data from the old Moscow anti-doping laboratory, a spokesperson
for the agency told AFP on Tuesday.
The WADA team returned to Moscow last Wednesday, after Russian
authorities missed a December deadline to provide access to the lab.
When the WADA experts began extracting data on Thursday, it was
estimated that the task would take three days.
"No limit was put on the duration of the mission. It is taking longer
than had been originally estimated, but the team is facing no specific
issues or difficulties in carrying out their task," said the
spokesperson on Tuesday, the second and final day of a meeting of its
Compliance Review Committee (CRC).
"The large quantity and high complexity of the data, as well as the
fact the servers and hard drives being accessed are not all brand new,
means it is taking longer than originally anticipated."
In September, WADA conditionally lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), paving the way for its reinstatement.
One of the conditions was access being granted to the data by the end
of 2018. The data concerns thousands of tests carried out from 2011 to
2015 when Russia has been accused of state-sponsored doping.
But when a WADA team arrived in December, Russian authorities raised
issues with the certification of their equipment under Russian law.
WADA's CRC began a scheduled two-day meeting in Montreal on Monday.
"The CRC meeting will conclude today as planned," said the
"At every stage, the CRC has been kept up to date on
latest developments in Moscow and it will complete and send its report
only once the technical team has concluded its work."
The WADA executive committee, which will decide on the fate of RUSADA, meets on January 22.