The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is returning to the Moscow anti-doping lab this week in hopes of obtaining data it did not receive before a December 31st deadline.
As reported by AP, a WADA committee is scheduled to consider re-imposing the ban next week, but that could be forestalled if WADA's experts obtain the data during their visit on Wednesday January 9th. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told state news agencies "all the technical issues have been straightened out."
The committee chairman, Jonathan Taylor, says declaring the Russians noncompliant is "a last resort" that is to be pursued only after "every opportunity to comply" has been presented.
US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said the latest news "appears to be the sequel to the cat-and-mouse game between WADA and Russia we have unfortunately come to expect."