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The number of convictions based on the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory (LIMS) increased by 28 in four months. In total, about 500 cases were opened based on the LIMS

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The number of convictions of Russian athletes in doping cases, based on data from the Moscow laboratory (LIMS), has reached 166. About this reported on the website of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“The cases related to the receipt of data and samples from the Moscow laboratory in 2019 continue to be considered. The WADA Executive Board has been informed that 28 more cases have successfully resulted in convictions since the last report at the end of July. This brings the total number of cases to 166 so far, and all cases are expected to be investigated.

️WADA reported an increase in the number of convictions against Russians

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In total, about 500 cases against Russian athletes were opened on the basis of LIMS.

Sanctions are applied by international federations against Russians based on the analysis of the LIMS database, which contains the results of testing athletes for doping for the period from 2012 to 2015. Grigory Rodchenkov, an informant, handed over a copy of the database to WADA in 2017. In 2019, WADA received its original and launched an investigation into the revealed facts of manipulation of the results, after which it transferred the information to sports federations.

Recovery of RUSADA

On December 17, after the expiration of a two-year period from the imposition of sanctions, WADA will launch a three-stage process to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). WADA said it will carefully assess whether RUSADA has complied with all of the recovery conditions set out in the CAS decision.

“Confidence in the Russian anti-doping system is still very low. They have a lot of work to do to restore that trust. RUSADA still does not meet the requirements. The recovery process does not end on December 17 – in fact, it only begins on that day. Throughout the three steps of this process, compliance will be carefully assessed. We will need to check each of the recovery conditions. Verification means verification, and not just accepting someone’s words, ”said Vitold Banka, head of WADA.

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