Russia and WADA faceoff continues

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A woman walks into the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee said anything less than declaring Russia non-compliant would be a considered a failure now that a crucial deadline to hand over laboratory doping data has lapsed.

WADA had conditionally – and controversially – reinstated the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in September along with a requirement that it hand over data and samples by December 31.

But Russian authorities failed to provide access to the data and WADA’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will now meet on January 14-15 to review and make a recommendations to WADA’s executive committee on how to proceed.

“We are extremely disappointed that the December 31 deadline imposed on Russia by WADA has not been adhered to,” WADA said in a statement.

“We now expect that following the process recommended by the CRC that Russia will be declared non-compliant. Only this action will be suitable and appropriate in the view of the athletes.

“Anything less will be considered a failure by WADA to act on behalf of clean athletes.”

WADA also faced mounting pressure from national anti-doping organisations (NADOs), who on Wednesday said it is time to show that no nation is exempt from compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

That group of anti-doping organisations called for an immediate review and recommendations from the Compliance Review Committee.

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