“Time showed that the recovery of RUSADA in the rights was the right step. Thanks to him, finally managed to obtain samples and data from the Moscow lab. Although re-analyses are still ongoing, we already have the names of more than 50 athletes who have violated anti-doping rules and which may disqualify. In addition, the data of the Moscow laboratories which we wouldn’t have gotten the decision on recovery of RUSADA has enabled us to prepare the 289 cases. It was a difficult, possibly controversial, but a good decision,” said the Bathhouse.

At the end of September 2018, the Executive Committee of WADA restored RUSADA rights. To preserve the status of the Russian side had to fulfill two conditions: to provide access to experts WADA to the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory up to the end of 2018, and until June 30, 2019 to pass on check all suspicious doping samples from the lab. On 22 January the Executive Committee of WADA confirmed the recovery of RUSADA rights.