Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Moscow Lab Reacts To Reports of Possible Suspension

By Alexey Sukachev

As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, Moscow's anti-doping lab is facing a potential temporary suspension from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) due to “not being fully reliable." The news was first reported by the BBC from Johannesburg, RSA, where the current WADA conference is taking place, and then the information became widespread around international media.

The Russian party, however, has denounced those accusations, stating that no decision has been taken yet by WADA, while defending their own standpoint.

“Lots of things have been reported; a number of words have been said. However, we have not yet received any official document from WADA in a written form. There is a lot of opinion on the subject. I too have an opinion. But let’s wait until the conference in Johannesburg is over," said Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, to ITAR-TASS media agency.

More concrete was an unnamed and undisclosed source in the Russian Ministry of sports.

“Our license has not been taken away, contrary to some reports. This info, released by a number of (mostly) foreign sources, is not correct. We have received WADA’s decision and there is nothing stated in any part of it regarding a possible suspension."

“We have entirely changed our approach to the laboratory: we have built a new building and filled it with the most modern scientific and analytical equipment, fully compliant to the rules and regulations of WADA”, said the source.

“We have been closely working with WADA over the last few years, and progress is evident. Moreover, what we are specifically proud of is the fact that that last year WADA confirmed that Russia is fully compliant with the Codex of WADA. We have changed Russian legislation. We allowed foreign ant-doping officers to take probes with them into foreign laboratories”.

In the meantime, the unnamed source confirmed that there are a number of additional suggestions and requests on behalf of WADA to improve the working process in the Moscow laboratory but they are all of working order.

“We are working with WADA continuously, thus certain issues, suggestions and questions are a part of our workflow. We are looking carefully at them, trying to implement new WADA standards and suggestions as fast as possible”.

The Moscow lab was the first source to confirm a presence of banned substances in Guillermo Jones’ analyses after his memorable fight with Denis Lebedev in May....the result being then confirmed by independent sources. It was also a subject of heated discussions between Team Povetkin and Team Klitschko before their fight in October.

Tags: boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith Set For November 18 in Las Vegas Jeff Horn's Promoter Nearly Fell Asleep Watching 'Boring' Skeete Anthony Yigit vs. Joe Hughes For Euro Belt on December 2 Kal Yafai Aims To Make Statement, Land on Next Superfly Card Weekend Review: Murata, Machado, Gassiev, Burnett, More Stiverne: Wilder is Scared of Me, I Ate His Punches Like Breakfast! Sanchez: Canelo Facing GGG’s Leftovers Would Be Sad For Boxing Hearn on Burnett's Options: Butler, Tete, McDonnell-Solis Winner Lucian Bute Mulling Over Decision - Ring Return or Retirement Corcoran: Pacquiao Did Not Do Enough, Horn Deserved To Win Helenius: I'll Knock Dillian Whyte Out, He Will Never Reach Wilder! Pacquiao Has Bad News - Horn Rematch Secured By Brisbane Photos: Jeff Horn, Gary Corcoran - Go Face To Face in Brisbane Adonis Stevenson-Eleider Alvarez May Land on January 26 or 27 Povetkin vs. Hammer Close To Done, To Be WBO Eliminator? Murat Gassiev May Be Abel Sanchez's Latest Masterpiece Team Horn Warn Thurman: Shut Mouth or Suffer Pacquiao's Fate! Dmitry Bivol Salivates Over Expected Gassiev vs. Dorticos Clash CompuBox: Fox Landed '52' Punches in 12 Rounds With Andrade Stiverne: I Guarantee That I'll Beat Deontay Wilder in Rematch! CompuBox: Murata Lands a Big 56.5% of Power Shots on N'Dam Felix Verdejo Ring Return Targeted For January, Says Manager Promoter: I Want To Match Andrade Against Elite at 160 - ASAP! Schaefer: If U.S. Networks Aren't Interested in WBSS, So Be It Dorticos: All Gassiev Did Was Beat 'Old' Opponent in Wlodarczyk Photos: Ryota Murata Gets Revenge, Stops Hassan N'Dam Denis Lebedev: I Think Yunier Dorticos Will Beat Murat Gassiev Maliek, Mikhail and Michael Jr. Montgomery Get KO Wins Juho Haapoja Loses EU Title, Announces His Retirement Jezreel Corrales: I Was Winning on All 3 Cards, I Want a Rematch! Demetrius Andrade Vacates WBA Belt - Focused on Murata, GGG Ryota Murata: I'll Try My Best To Beat Gennady Golovkin! Photos: Alberto Machado Bombs Jezreel Corrales For WBA Title Dorticos: I Want To Destroy Gassiev, He Will Face a Real Man! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Yunier Dorticos - Go Face To Face! Schaefer: I Learned From The Mistakes of The Super Six Tourney Anthony Joshua: I Asked For Dillian Whyte After Pulev Withdrew Murata Dominant in Rematch, Makes N’Dam Quit After 7th Round Photos: Murat Gassiev Blasts Out Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Three Photos: Ryan Burnett Beats Zhakiyanov To Unify WBA, IBF Belts
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement