FIFA expects to obtain evidence in May of doping cases in Russia

ZURICH: FIFA hopes to obtain evidence of Moscow laboratory data this month that could expose doping by soccer players in Russia .

FIFA said on Tuesday it was among sports governing bodies which received updates last week in a World Anti-Doping Agency video conference call about fresh evidence in the long-running Russia n scandal.

WADA is sharing data, from samples analyzed through 2015, and the manipulations that continued through 2019, recovered from the Moscow testing laboratory at the heart of a state-backed doping program.

The anti-doping control agency said last week that its investigations of 298 suspected athletes were turned over to 27 international federations and an event organizer.

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" FIFA participated in WADA's explanatory webinar on April 30 and was informed that they will receive the full case packages by the end of May," soccer 's world body said.

It is unclear how many soccer cases are among the 298. FIFA and WADA agreed ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia that the host nation's 23-player roster was not implicated in the years-old scandal.

FIFA works closely with WADA to conclude the investigation as soon as possible, FIFA said, noting it would prepare potential disciplinary cases as soon as we receive the full case packages.

WADA investigators recovered evidence from the Moscow laboratory database last year as a key step in solving a scandal that tainted several Olympic Games, including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

They found that the data had been tampered with, which could spark a new wave of disciplinary cases across multiple sports.

Russia n authorities deny any state involvement, and have blamed WADA's whistleblower witness, former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov , to run a doping program.