The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) experts have started the process of copying data from a Moscow laboratory that could implicate numerous Russian athletes in past drug cases.
Russia’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said: “Work has started with the equipment, setting the equipment up and copying the database. Work is proceeding with full coordination because we discussed all the technical and organizational details before then, ” according to AP.
In an emailed statement, WADA did not immediately confirm the data transfer had begun but said: "the team has gained access to the lab and has not reported any issues so far."
Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency, said if Russia's reports are accurate, "it's a good thing," but he still called for WADA to reimpose the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) suspension and deal transparently with what he says are 9,000 presumptive positive drug tests.