13 Nov 2017 19:54

Russian investigators invite WADA to jointly analyze Moscow Anti-Doping Lab's database

MOSCOW. Nov 13 (Interfax) - The Russian Investigative Committee has invited the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to cooperatively analyze the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab (Russian Anti-Doping Center) containing test samples of Russian athletes dated from 2012 to 2015, Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said.

"The investigation forwarded a message to the World Anti-Doping Agency on November 13, in which the Russian Investigative Committee proposed cooperation in analyzing the given database," Petrenko told Interfax on Monday.

Petrenko mentioned the statement published on WADA's official website saying that it acquired an electronic file "which, in WADA's view, is the database from the Moscow Doping Center's [the Russian federal unitary enterprise Anti-Doping Center's] laboratory information system," namely the testing database spanning the period from January 2012 to August 2015.

"In connection with this, the Russian Investigative Committee declares its willingness to cooperate with the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate possible facts of violations of anti-doping rules and analyze the information contained in the given database," Petrenko said.

The Investigative Committee's main investigations department is continuing to probe a criminal case in relation to the Anti-Doping Center's former acting head Grigory Rodchenkov suspected of abuse of office and destruction of athletes' testing samples, she said.

The investigation is also probing instances of tampering with results of testing samples by a number of individuals, she said.