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Doping fight: WADA gathers 2,200 samples from Russian lab

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2018

    This photo shows the Russia’s national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has gathered more than 2,500 samples from a Russian laboratory that can be used to potentially corroborate doping positives uncovered by an investigation into a massive government-directed program designed to win Olympic medals. WADA announced today that it had retrieved 2,562 samples, split them into “A” and “B” collection bottles and shipped them to a lab outside of Russia for testing.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has gathered more than 2,200 samples from a Russian laboratory that can be used to potentially corroborate doping positives uncovered by an investigation into a massive government-directed program designed to win Olympic medals.

Obtaining the samples, along with data still being analyzed by WADA scientists, was a key goal for the agency as it tries to proceed with hundreds of cases from earlier in the decade.

WADA announced today that it had retrieved 2,262 samples, split them into “A” and “B” collection bottles and shipped them to a lab outside of Russia for testing.

Once the samples and underlying data behind them have been analyzed, WADA is expected to turn over evidence to international sports federations and national anti-doping agencies, which can bring forward cases.

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