Russia’s Sports Minister welcomes WADA back

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says the Russians are ready for another visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Moscow. Kolobkov made the statement on Christmas Eve.

It was a few days ago that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) left Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities had refused them access to Moscow’s old doping laboratory.

“We were not able to complete the mission within the deadline since Russia suddenly claimed that our equipment was not approved under Russian law,” WADA said in a statement, adding that the Russians never mentioned the claim at previous meetings.

Now the Russians must have given WADA the necessary equipment that meets the Russian requirements.

“Everything that is needed within the framework and tasks we have been given has been given to them,” Kolobkov said.

– We are waiting for their reply, he added.

WADA has stated that access to the doping laboratory is important for the agency to be able to rely fully on the Russians again.

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