January 3, 2019  |  Updated January 8, 2019

RT Claims WADA ‘Failed’ to Collect Data from Moscow Lab. Actually, Russian Authorities Denied Access

By Fatima Tlis
RUSSIA -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin (R) during a meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 28 March 2018

The report by Russia Today (RT) report came a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that Russia has missed the December 31, 2018 deadline for compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. By that deadline, the Russian authorities were supposed to meet two conditions imposed by WADA’s Executive Committee back in September.

Also on January 2, 16 national anti-doping organizations issued a joint statement calling on WADA to suspend Russia immediately, stating: “Russia has failed to meet its obligations.”

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