25th June 2016

Brazil laboratory expects reaccreditation in July

The Rio anti-doping laboratory (LBCD – LADETEC), which was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday, has said it expects ‘operations will be able to resume as normal in July, after a technical visit from WADA’. WADA did not give a detailed reason for yesterday evening’s suspension, only to say that the decision was based on ‘non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)’.

WADA’s decision marks the second time that LADETEC has been suspended. It was reaccredited on 12 May last year, after being suspended for the same reason (non-compliance with the ISL), in August 2013. The suspension meant that FIFA had to come to an agreement for samples taken at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil to be sent to WADA’s flagship laboratory in Lausanne for analysis.

The Rio 2016 Olympics start on 5 August, which means that LADATEC has just 41 days to convince WADA that its accreditation should be restored. Otherwise, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have to negotiate an agreement for the samples to be analysed elsewhere. Organisers will be keen to avoid the extra costs that this would inevitably involve. To view The Sports Integrity Initiative’s timeline of laboratory suspensions, click here.

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