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WADA has 100 ‘strong’ Russian doping cases in Moscow data

June 26, 2019
FILE In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo an employee of the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory holds a vial in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency has more than 100 “strong cases” of suspected Russian doping in data retrieved from the Moscow testing laboratory. WADA president Craig Reedie says the agency is “packaging evidence” of suspicious cases for sports governing bodies to prosecute. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
FILE In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo an employee of the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory holds a vial in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency has more than 100 “strong cases” of suspected Russian doping in data retrieved from the Moscow testing laboratory. WADA president Craig Reedie says the agency is “packaging evidence” of suspicious cases for sports governing bodies to prosecute. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100 “strong cases” of suspected Russian doping are being prepared using data retrieved from the Moscow testing laboratory.

World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie said Wednesday it is “packaging evidence” for sports governing bodies to prosecute the highest priority cases.

Only data for “suspicious cases” is being provided, Reedie said, adding he expects more than 100 files in the “first wave of strong cases against those we suspect of cheating.”

Data and samples were eventually retrieved this year from the Moscow lab covering drug testing up to 2015 — a period when Russian officials routinely covered up cases.

Reedie said all priority cases will have been investigated by the end of this year.

“Significant progress continues to be made,” said the outgoing WADA president, who leaves office in November.

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