Last weekend the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said that the Moscow anti-doping lab is the best in the world. As for the issue of returning Moscow lab’s accreditation, the head of the lab, Marina Dikunets has said this will be decided before year's end.
According to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, the lab suspended back in November, has emerged as the most reliable anywhere.
"Our attitude to attempts to politicize the doping issue and to make Russia ‘an axis of evil’ is one of composure. The situation is developing in the world, in which no matter what Russia would be doing is bad. WADA’s foreign are working here, I meet with them once a week and they consider our lab the best."
Back in November, 2015, WADA’s Independent Commission published the findings of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. Then in April of this year,WADA revoked the accreditation of the lab.
It was then that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory suspended activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the finding of the agency’s Independent Commission that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.
Finally, WADA allowed the lab to begin limited blood testing again May 12, and the latest news of the labs proficiency and capabilities is a breath of fresh air considering all the scandal of the last months. Meanwhile, the fate of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics is still up in the air, as officials try and decide a best course for ensuring compliance in the future.