WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has admitted some IFs may need encouragement to pursue cases ©Getty Images

International Federations (IFs) may need encouragement in pursuing cases stemming from the Moscow Laboratory data but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is prepared to take them on if they are unable to, according to President Sir Craig Reedie.

Sir Craig told insidethegames at the Annual Symposium here that WADA was ready to help IFs in building cases against those involved in the Russian doping scheme and had already identified those who might struggle to do so.

It marks a softening of the stance at last year's symposium, where WADA officials reminded international governing bodies that they are prepared to challenge them in the courts if they do not prosecute cases against individual Russian athletes.

The International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Biathlon Union are among the only federations to have punished Russian athletes using data from the Moscow Laboratory and evidence detailed in the McLaren Report.

"The actual identification of cases and getting the IFs to do it may involve some encouragement and if not we are prepared to do it ourselves," Sir Craig, whose term as WADA President comes to an end in November, said.

"Yes, that will run on but they are specific cases and it won't affect WADA in the way we have been affected in the past three or four years.

"We have a lot of information on what has happened to date so we know the enthusiastic IFs, we know the ones that struggle and perhaps don't have the quality of legal advice that we have.

"What we will do is we will identify every one with an anti-doping rule violation and we will do as many as we feasibly can.

"We are doing quite a lot of the work at the moment and we may have to do it ourselves."

WADA is currently in the process of analysing the Moscow Laboratory data after it extracted the information from the facility ©Getty Images
WADA is currently in the process of analysing the Moscow Laboratory data after it extracted the information from the facility ©Getty Images

WADA last week announced it had finished uploading the data it extracted from Moscow Laboratory in January and had begun the process of analysing the 24 terabytes of information collected from the facility, which is expected to take two to three months.

WADA officials are assessing the data to ensure it is authentic and Russia has been warned its suspension will be reinstated and the country's athletes could miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games if any issues are found.

Russian authorities also have to allow reanalysis of samples required by WADA by June 30 or similar sanctions could be triggered.

The organisation has consistently claimed the data will enable it to catch more Russian drugs cheats while potentially clearing others implicated in the country's widespread doping scandal.

Russian authorities initially missed a December 31 deadline to grant WADA access to the laboratory, prompting calls from some circles for the nation to be sanctioned again.

But a team from WADA was eventually allowed into the building to extract the data 10 days later.

Once the data has been authenticated, WADA will start with the strongest cases and have pledged to support IFs in their attempt to go after Russians involved in the doping scheme.

Sir Craig said during his keynote speech here yesterday that it would be a "game-changer" if the data was found to be authentic and genuine.

He claimed it would be "absolutely crucial to build strong cases against cheats and exonerate other athletes suspected of having participated in widespread doping".