Rio Lab Suspended Over Anti-Doping Testing Practices: Weeks Left Until Olympics

Robert Haggarty - Author
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Jun. 24 2016, Updated 8:14 p.m. ET

A Rio lab has been suspended by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), and with mere weeks left to go until the Olympic games are set to descend on the city, the country of Brazil seems to now lack the resources to properly screen those set to compete.

While the Rio lab is suspended from conducting further anti-doping screening on any blood or urine samples, Olivier Niggli, director of WADA, said in an organization statement that they will work with the lab to make good.

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“WADA will work closely with the Rio laboratory to resolve the identified issue. The Agency will ensure that, for the time being, samples that would have been intended for the Laboratory, will be transported securely, promptly and with a demonstrable chain of custody to another WADA-accredited laboratory worldwide. This will ensure that there are no gaps in the anti-doping sample analysis procedures; and that, the integrity of the samples is fully maintained. Athletes can have confidence that the suspension will only be lifted by WADA when the Laboratory is operating optimally; and that, the best solution will be put in place to ensure that sample analysis for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is robust.”

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The statement made by WADA didn’t mention what the actual infraction was, but did mention that the suspended Rio lab in question is none other than the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory, which was also suspended during the 2014 World Cup, which, just like WADA is proposing, forced FIFA to ship their samples elsewhere.

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