WADA suspends Moscow Anti-Doping Centre


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed the immediate suspension of accreditation for the Moscow Anti-Doping Centre.

An independent commission established by WADA raised allegations of systemic cheating and cover-ups within the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) in a report published on Monday.

WADA has now confirmed the organisation's drug-testing laboratory has had its accreditation withdrawn with immediate effect, meaning it is from carrying out any WADA-related activities.

"Following the release yesterday of the WADA Independent Commission Report, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has acted immediately on one of the report's key recommendations: to suspend the accreditation of the Moscow Anti-doping Centre," a statement said.

"The suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Moscow Anti-doping Centre from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

"The Moscow Anti-doping Centre may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of notice.

"In the meantime, all samples for the Moscow Anti-doping Centre will now be transported securely, promptly and with a demonstrable chain of custody to an alternative WADA-accredited laboratory."

A disciplinary committee will be formed in order to review the case, with the ban to last for six months, or until WADA decides to lift it.

President of the organisation Craig Reedie was pleased with the quick show of progress.

"WADA has acted swiftly to one of the key recommendations made by the independent commission in its report," he said in a statement.

"The Moscow Laboratory is provisionally suspended, and the status of the laboratory's accreditation beyond that will be decided by a Disciplinary Committee which will be formed shortly to review the case."