"We at WADA must act very rapidly on the actual situation and a decision by the WADA CRC and ExCo should not be delayed — I've strongly suggested that the CRC convene via a teleconference immediately. As soon as we receive a recommendation from the CRC, a teleconference should be organized with the ExCo so that we can discuss and decide on the situation without any further delay," Helleland told the BCC broadcaster.
In September, WADA’s Executive Board voted to reinstate RUSADA, noting that the Russian agency’s non-compliance with the international anti-doping regulations might be reinstated if RUSADA failed to give WADA access to the data and samples of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before December 31.
However, a WADA mission tasked with retrieving raw data from the Moscow laboratory has not managed to complete the task in time due to the issues related to the certification of the equipment used by it to extract the data. WADA said on Tuesday it had not received access to the data in time, adding that the CRC would present recommendations on the status of RUSADA after its session in mid-January.
Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have refuted allegations of the existence of the state-run doping program but admitted there were issues with doping abuse in Russia.