Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov confirmed that the World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team has begun copying anti-doping data from the Moscow laboratory. He was speaking in the Russian capital on Thursday.

“Right now work is in full swing. Certainly, it will take a certain period of time. Because the copying and verification processes involve a pretty large amount of data,” he said.

Kolobkov put the delay in granting access to the lab down to a “technical issue.”

“It was not our, Russia's fault that a short delay happened. I repeat, it was just an organisational, technical issue. It has been solved. I hope this process will be fully completed in several days," he said.

“It was an issue related to equipment which was supposed to be used for copying. All equipment was certified in Russia. WADA experts took a certain period of time to discuss that," Kolobkov said, adding that he expects the work to be completed within the next two or three days.

The WADA Executive Commission reinstated RUSADA on September 20 after an almost three-year suspension.

The decision required that RUSADA provide WADA access to the data on the Moscow laboratory by December 31, 2018.

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