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WADA's Rio lab faces inquiry

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The World Anti-Doping Agency's laboratory in Rio de Janeiro is facing an investigation after it mistakenly reported that a Brazilian beach volleyball player tested positive for doping.

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said Tuesday it has asked WADA to examine a "regrettable incident" which falsely put Pedro Solberg under suspicion.

"In this important battle (against doping) we cannot afford losing confidence in the analytical results of WADA-accredited laboratories," FIVB president Jizhong Wei said in a statement. "As much as we need to identify and sanction those who cheat, we must ensure that no athlete is faced with a false positive."

Brazil's only accredited lab would be expected to test samples from the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.

Solberg gave WADA an out-of-competition sample in May that Rio researchers said contained testosterone.

The FIVB provisionally suspended Solberg but lifted the sanction one month later when the Rio lab delayed analyzing the backup sample. FIVB then questioned the Brazilian paperwork when the "B" test confirmed the presence of banned drugs.

The governing body ordered retests from the WADA lab in Cologne, Germany, which proved clean last week.

Wei said he was "satisfied" that the FIVB's experts decided to ask for an additional analysis before deciding on a ban.

The FIVB will ask WADA to investigate why the Cologne findings contradicted Rio's.

"We trust that WADA will carefully look into this regrettable incident and will succeed in further harmonizing the analytical procedures used by the laboratories," FIVB medical commission president Roald Bahr said.

Three of WADA's 36 laboratories have been sanctioned since June 2010.

The laboratory in Ankara, Turkey, had its license revoked in June after falsely accusing basketball player Diana Taurasi of doping with a stimulant. Laboratories in Malaysia and Tunisia were suspended for unspecified failings.

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WADA reinstates drug-testing lab in 2016 Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro

The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated the drug-testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Olympics.

The lab had been suspended since Jan. 18 from conducting a type of testing called isotope ratio mass spectometry, or IRMS. WADA suspended the lab after it mistakenly accused a Brazilian beach volleyball player of using testosterone.

WADA said Friday that it had monitored the lab and ensured that “proper corrective actions had been implemented.”

The Rio lab is expected to test samples from the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.

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WADA reinstates Rio Lab accreditation for IRMS testing

October 12, 2012

WADA has reinstated the accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) anti-doping analysis as of October 4, 2012.

The UFRJ Rio de Janeiro Doping Control laboratory had been suspended from carrying out IRMS testing since January 18, 2012.

During the suspension period, WADA conducted a document audit and compliance testing, and in collaboration with their ISO accrediting body ensured that proper corrective actions had been implemented.

Pursuant to the International Standard for Laboratories, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, as well as ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards.

This monitoring is conducted mainly through WADA’s Proficiency Testing Program and ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies.

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Rio Upgrades Anti-Doping Lab in Preparation of World Cup, Olympics

Construction is set to begin to revamp Brazil’s only World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in preparation for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s ministry of sports is upgrading the Doping Control and Technology Development Support Laboratory, known as LABDOP/LADETEC in Brazil, as part of a commitment Rio de Janeiro made when making its bid to host the Olympic games. The lab, which is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), is the first WADA-recognized lab in Latin America.

“This is one of the largest and most important legacies of the Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paralympics. As construction progresses, we also invested in new equipment and analytical laboratory for sustainability,” explains Marcos Aurelio Klein, CEO of the Brazilian Doping Control Authority (known as ABCD in Brazil). The ABCD was also created as part of Rio’s commitment to host the games.

“Construction is planned for 80 million, a portion of which has already been spent at the end of last year. The works are already underway,” Klein says.

According to Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto, the general coordinator of LABDOP/LADETEC and a professor at the UFRJ, the lab has been in operation since 1989 and was accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2002. Neto says FIFA officials have contacted the lab in the past few weeks as well to use its services during the 2014 World Cup.

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http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/rio-upgrades-anti-doping-lab-in-preparation-of-world-cup-olympics-361457.html

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Blatter plans joint approach to Brazil with IOC over drug testing lab

October 6 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is aiming to join forces with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to urge the Brazilian Government to do its utmost to ensure the country's new doping control facility is operational, and duly accredited, before next year's World Cup, insidethegames has learnt.

Meeting last week in Zurich, FIFA's Executive Committee decided that Blatter should contact the IOC to determine whether a joint approach was feasible, before making FIFA's feelings known to Brazilian authorities.

This was after the world governing body's Medical Committee came to the view that FIFA would have little option but to send World Cup samples to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)- accredited laboratory in Lausanne if no Brazilian facility was available - a potentially costly and cumbersome exercise.

This is now Plan B if Blatter's overture fails to jolt the Brazilians sufficiently into action.

It was announced in March that the "new home" of the so-called LADETEC doping control and technological development support laboratory had started taking shape, with construction expected to be completed "during the first half of 2014".

This building, part of a complex of new venues belonging to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), is being funded by the Brazilian Sports Ministry, which was said to have transferred 13.5 million Brazilian reals - around $7 million (£4.5 million/€5 million) - for this purpose in 2012.

Some 7,000 tests are expected to be conducted there during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Doping_lab.jpgFIFA needs to find a solution about where to carry out analysis of its dope tests before next year's World Cup in Brazil after the laboratory in Rio de Janero was suspended

FIFA's current predicament arises because WADA has revoked the accreditation held by the present UFRJ facility.

This decision is understood to have been taken after the lab failed a "blind" quality assessment test.

While there looks to be plenty of time for LADETEC to win back its WADA credential before the Olympics arrives in Brazil in 2016, this is most certainly not the case with the World Cup, which kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12 - just eight months from now.

So FIFA may yet need to go the Lausanne route irrespective of the reaction to Blatter's new initiative.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/football/732-world-cup/1016346-exclusive-blatter-plans-joint-approach-to-brazil-with-ioc-over-drug-testing-lab

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Nah, just waste of money. They ain't catching anyone important... Only the poor souls get caught doping.

Let them all dope, right now only rich(sponsored) athletes can dope, that's unfair.

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Rio doping lab out for World Cup: WADA

JOHANNESBURG: FIFA will need another doping testing laboratory for next year's World Cup, since the Rio lab will probably not be ready in time, the world doping policing body said Tuesday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in August revoked accreditation for Brazil's testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, and it will take time to be allowed back in again, according to WADA president John Fahey.

"It's almost certain it won't happen before the World Football Cup next year," Fahey told journalists at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg.

World footballing body FIFA has its own anti-doping programme to test players for banned substances, he said.

"Clearly that will involve using another laboratory." That might include flying samples to other countries, which posed a logistical problem but was "not unsurmountable", he added.

"You can move the samples these days with aircrafts and regular flights."

The move would no doubt run up costs for anti-doping tests during the 2014 World Cup.

Blood samples have to be tested within 36 hours to be valid. The Brazilian laboratory previously had its accreditation suspended for nine months in 2012 before being reinstated.

The global anti-doping body conducts regular quality controls on its 35 laboratories worldwide.

AFP

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/fifa-world-cup-2014/top-stories/Rio-doping-lab-out-for-World-Cup-WADA/articleshow/25653342.cms

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The lab had been suspended since Jan. 18 from conducting a type of testing called isotope ratio mass spectometry, or IRMS. WADA suspended the lab after it mistakenly accused a Brazilian beach volleyball player of using testosterone.

WADA said Friday that it had monitored the lab and ensured that “proper corrective actions had been implemented.”

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Brazilian government confident that doping control laboratory will be ready for Rio 2016 test events
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R$54 million has been spent on new equipment to ensure athletes are clean at the Rio Games (Photo: Ministry of Sport)

The Brazilian Federal Government is confident that the country’s doping control laboratory in Rio de Janeiro will be reaccredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) next week. The Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD/LADETEC) was certified to analyse blood for athletes’ biological passports by WADA in March and is now close to receiving full accreditation, which would enable it to carry out doping control tests during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The laboratory, which is based at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), lost its accreditation in 2013. However, it has since been moved into a new R$134 million (US$45 million) building, where staff have been working since August 2014 to ensure full reaccreditation, following a timeline established by WADA.

WADA is due to make a decision on reaccreditation on 13 May in Montreal, Canada, during a meeting of their Foundation Board. Providing LBCD is reaccredited, it will be able to analyse samples for doping control during the Rio 2016 test events, which start this July.

Starting in August 2014, LBCD/LADETEC entered a probation period, which included the analysis of four batches of samples sent by WADA and three audit visits by the agency, in addition to receiving consultancy by foreign experts.

The decision to construct the new LBCD/LADETEC building, which is larger and has more modern facilities, was taken when Brazil won the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once the laboratory is reaccredited, it will be able to perform all types of blood and urine analysis, enabling it to conduct all doping control tests for Brazilian sport.

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The Brazilian government has spent R$134 million on the high-tech new laboratory (Photo: Ministry of Sport)

The government and laboratory staff stressed that the loss of the accreditation in 2013 was not due to mistakes in the analysis of athlete sample results, but because of “nonconformities” in relation to blind tests carried out by WADA. They said the laboratory’s equipment at the time was out of date, but stressed that this situation was has been “completely turned around with the new facilities, equipment and an increase in technical staff”.

The government has invested R$134 million (US$45 million) in the new building, as well as R$54 million (US$18 million) for new equipment, materials and operations. The project is expected to leave an important legacy to Brazil’s scientific, academic and sporting communities.

“I believe that the laboratory is one of the main legacies of the Rio 2016 Games, because it will guarantee that athletes who train hard will face their rivals in equal conditions, and this is the principal of fair competition,” said Ricardo Leyser, executive secretary of the Ministry of Sport.

The laboratory will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the Rio 2016 Games, with 240 staff, including 100 volunteers from laboratories already accredited by WADA. While there is no pre-established number of analyses that will be performed, for the London 2012 Games, 5,500 tests were done during the Olympic Games and 1,500 during the Paralympic Games.

http://www.rio2016.org/en/news/news/brazilian-government-confident-that-doping-control-laboratory-will-be-ready-for-rio-2016-t

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WADA lifts suspension of doping lab for 2016 Rio Olympics

MONTREAL — The World Anti-Doping Agency has lifted the suspension of the drug-testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, clearing the way for its use at next year’s Olympics.

WADA revoked the credentials of Rio’s lab in 2013 because of “repeated failures” in meeting agency standards.

“This decision was made after the laboratory completed the required remedial work stipulated in the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL),” WADA spokesman Ben Nichols said Wednesday.

Nichols said the decision was approved by WADA’s executive committee.

The suspension of the lab forced officials to send samples to Switzerland for last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

“It’s important for Brazil, the first South American country to host the Olympics, to have a laboratory accredited by WADA,” the Brazilian sports ministry said it a statement. It said it would run doping tests at the 44 Olympic test events, which begin in two months’ time.

WADA said a laboratory in Santiago, Chile, was granted candidate laboratory status and will be considered for future accreditation.

Dr. Richard Budgett, the medical and scientific director of the International Olympic Committee, said recently that the IOC planned to conduct “roughly the same number” of tests in Rio as the 5,000 it carried out in London.

Rather than increasing the number of tests, as the IOC usually does at each games, Budgett said “we want to move away from a total focus on numbers” and concentrate on intelligent, targeted and flexible testing.

The approval removes one stumbling block for Rio organizers, who are facing numerous hurdles: severe water pollution at venues for canoeing, rowing and sailing; tight deadlines for finishing many venues; worries about crime and security in a city of 12 million; and tight budgets, with Brazil predicted to slide into recession this year.

AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/wada-lifts-suspension-of-doping-lab-for-2016-rio-olympics/2015/05/13/5ab9eeac-f993-11e4-a47c-e56f4db884ed_story.html

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One less problem for Rio.

One less subject to be discussed around here.

Rio have a doping-testing facility accredited by WADA for the Olympic Games. Finally.

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IOC to remove itself from handling of doping cases in Rio

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a major change in the handling of positive drug tests at the Olympics, the IOC agreed Tuesday to remove itself from the process and have a group of independent sports arbitrators rule on doping cases during the games in Rio de Janeiro.

The change was approved by the International Olympic Committee's executive board, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. The proposal was first reported by The Associated Press.

The move is intended to make the prosecution of doping cases more independent by taking it away from the IOC and putting it in the hands of a special panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Under current rules, doping cases during the Olympics are dealt with by a special IOC disciplinary panel appointed by the IOC president. The panel schedules hearings with athletes who test positive and decides on sanctions. Most athletes who test positive during the Olympics are disqualified, expelled from the games and stripped of any medals.

Under the new proposal, positive cases would go directly to a small group of specially-appointed CAS arbitrators on site. They would hold hearings and issue rulings without IOC involvement.

Any appeal against the arbitrators' decision would be heard by a separate CAS division, which already handles eligibility and other disputes at the Olympics.

CAS is a Swiss-based body created by the IOC that is considered the highest court in dealing with sports disputes.

The change for the Olympics was studied by CAS and IOC lawyers and came together quickly. It was approved by the ruling executive board on the first day of a scheduled three-day meeting in Lausanne.

The move is part of IOC President Thomas Bach's efforts to make drug-testing and sanctioning more credible by removing any potential conflicts of interest.

Bach has also recommended that, in the future, all doping sanctions be handed down by CAS, rather than by individual sports bodies.

Olympic leaders agreed last year that drug-testing in general — not just at the games — should be taken out of the hands of sports bodies. Bach has proposed that an independent testing agency under WADA control be put into place before the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. WADA is still studying the proposal and how to fund it.

"We are convinced that the adoption of these proposals would lead to a more efficient, more transparent, more streamlined, more cost efficient, more harmonized anti-doping system," Bach said late last year. "It would better protect the clean athletes and enhance the credibility of sports."

Also Tuesday, World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie reported to the IOC board on efforts by Russia and Kenya to comply with global rules at a time when track and field athletes from both countries risk missing the Olympics in August.

The IAAF suspended Russia from global competition in November following a WADA commission report that detailed a vast system of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups. WADA declared Russia's anti-doping agency non-compliant.

"The ball is in Russia's court," Reedie said. "They are aware of the agreements we have on progress that needs to be made. They are very well aware of IAAF criteria for track and field athletes. Work literally goes on every day."

Asked whether he was confident that Russian athletes would be reinstated in time for Rio, Reedie said: "I am certainly going to try."

Kenya, meanwhile, has until April 5 to meet WADA requirements or face being declared non-compliant, a step toward a possible ban from the Olympics for its track and field athletes. WADA is demanding that Kenya create and fund a fully-fledged national anti-doping agency.

"They are very well aware of what they need to do," Reedie said. "They simply need to do it. If they don't do it, my compliance review committee will take the matter further."

More than 40 Kenyan athletes have failed drug tests since 2012, and four high-ranking national federation officials are under investigation for doping cover-ups and other alleged wrongdoing.

Reedie reiterated that Brazil's anti-doping agency has until March 18 to meet WADA guidelines. If it fails, the Rio drug-testing lab would be declared non-compliant, meaning thousands of doping samples during the games would have to be sent out of Brazil for testing, raising major logistical and financial challenges.

"It is up to them to do it," Reedie said. "It would make life a lot easier if they did."

AP

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5067e738661041b59c3135271837b639/ap-sources-ioc-send-doping-cases-cas-during-rio-games

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Presidential Decree expected to ensure Brazil conforms with WADA standards ahead of March 18 deadline

A Presidential Decree is expected to come into force on March 15 to ensure Brazil avoids being declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, thus deeming it unable to carry out drugs testing during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Brazil was one of six countries placed on a compliance "watch list" at last November's World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board meeting in Colorado Springs.

Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain were placed on a similar list.

All have to meet specific compliance criteria by March 18 or they will be deemed non-compliant.

For Brazil, this concerns hearing all doping cases in an independent specialised tribunal as opposed to a general sports court, as in the current system.

They must also ensure the independence of the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency (ABCD).

"The law was guaranteed by the Goverment today, who promised to deliver," said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman here following a presentation during the IOC Executive Board meeting.

"I’m confident because they informed us about this.

"Wording was approved by WADA, the IOC and Brazil.

"That’s the reason we have this on the way."

If this is not done in time, the accreditation of Brazil's new R$134 million (£28 million/$45 million/€39 million) laboratory, only deemed compliant itself by WADA last May, would be suspended, meaning it would be unable to process samples during the Games.

This would create a major crisis for organisers, who would be desperately forced to find somewhere outside the host nation to undertake responsibility for drug testing during the Games.

Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada added that a Presidential Decree is expected to be passed by Dilma Rousseff three days before the deadline on March 15.

It will, however, be subject to Parliamentary approval at some point thereafter.

This follows concerns the Bill would not be forced through in time due to the ongoing economic crisis and impeachment case against President Rousseff, whose administration has been linked with an ongoing corruption investigation involving oil giants, Petrobras.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1034940/presidential-decree-expected-to-ensure-brazil-conforms-with-wada-standards-ahead-of-march-18-deadline

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Olympics: Just in time, Brazil passes key anti-doping legislation

Brazil passed key anti-doping legislation on Thursday that avoided the embarrassing possibility of the country being in breach of the rules at its own Olympic Games.

The legislation was officially confirmed in the government's official gazette, one day before the deadline set by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).

The decree creates one tribunal for doping cases across all sports, as WADA demanded in November when it named Brazil one of the countries not in compliance with its guidelines. Until now, state and national courts heard anti-doping cases.

"Trials on Brazilian soil regarding doping in sport must take place in the Sports Anti-Doping Justice (system)," the official announcement said.

The move also seeks to speed up hearings to the international standard of a maximum of 21 days, less than the maximum of 60 days more common in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro will host South America's first Olympic Games in August.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-doping-brazil-idUSKCN0WJ1YP

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WADA Statement on Compliance of “Watch List” National Anti-Doping Organizations

At the WADA Foundation Board Meeting in Colorado Springs on 18 November 2015, seven National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) of six countries were added to WADA’s compliance “watch list” and were subsequently given until 18 March 2016 to implement rules compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

With the deadline now past, WADA wishes to provide an update on the status of the seven signatories.

The NADOs of Belgium (German Community NADO), Belgium (Joint Communities Commission), Greece, Brazil and France have all resolved their Code-related issues; and, as such, all these signatories are considered to have rules fully compliant with the Code.

The NADOs of Spain and Mexico, however, have not resolved their respective issues, and are therefore declared non-compliant with the Code.

The Brazilian NADO has met the necessary requirements, which included the establishment of a unique Brazilian anti-doping tribunal and the implementation of the Code within the Brazilian legal system. However, it is important to note that the Brazilian Parliament must still affirm the Presidential decree and other related activities must be completed within the next 120 days.

While the Spanish NADO has been declared non-compliant, WADA recognizes that there is currently no sitting government in the country, and therefore understands the difficulties the country is facing with resolving its outstanding issues at this time.

As it relates to testing in Spain during non-compliance, an agreement is being reached for testing to be carried out by International Sport Federations (IFs). This will ensure that effective testing programs can be run in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

While the Mexican NADO has been declared non-compliant, WADA acknowledges the Government’s recent efforts; and, is hopeful that the necessary work will be completed in the very near future.

The compliance status of all seven signatories refers to whether or not their anti-doping rules are Code compliant. Under its enhanced independent compliance process, WADA now focuses on the quality of anti-doping programs of all signatories, or the practice of those rules, so that practice is carried out to a high standard worldwide.

It should also be noted that, at the November Board meeting, the following six anti-doping organizations (ADOs) were declared non-compliant with the Code with immediate effect:

  • The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was a key recommendation of WADA’s Independent Commission that investigated widespread doping in Russian athletics.
  • Andorra and Israel for not having 2015 Code compliant rules in place – Israel was since removed from the non-compliant list on 5 January 2016.
  • Argentina, Bolivia, Ukraine for using non-accredited laboratories – Argentina and Ukraine were since removed from the non-compliant list on 22 February 2016 and 18 March 2016 respectively.

https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2016-03/wada-statement-on-compliance-of-watch-list-national-anti-doping-organizations

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World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates accreditation for Rio laboratory

By Rio 2016 20/07/2016 18H36

 

WADA has lifted its provisional suspension on Brazil's anti-doping laboratory with immediate effect

World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates accreditation for Rio laboratory

The decision to reinstate the laboratory means it will be ready to resume anti-doping analysis during Rio 2016 (Photo: Getty Images/David Silverman)

The Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory in Rio de Janeiro is ready to resume anti-doping analysis with immediate effect, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday (20 July).

WADA lifted a provisional suspension that it had imposed on 24 June. The agency said the lab had successfully complied with all requirements for reinstatement.

The decision means that the lab is fully prepared to analyse urine and blood samples from athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“All parties worked diligently to resolve the identified issue so that the laboratory could be up and running optimally for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games that start on 5 August,” said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA.

Niggli said: “Athletes can be confident that anti-doping sample analysis has been robust throughout the Laboratory’s suspension; and, that it will also be during the Games.”

 

https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/world-anti-doping-agency-reinstates-rio-laboratory-accreditation

 

 

 

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Rio 2016: Wada publishes report highlighting 'serious failings' at Olympic Games

 

A Wada report on the anti-doping methods employed at Rio 2016 has highlighted "serious failings".

The World Anti-Doping Agency said many athletes who had been targeted for testing "simply could not be found".

It added that, on some days, "up to 50% of tests were aborted".

Its 55-page Independent Observers report found that, of the 11,470 athletes, 4,125 had no record of any testing in 2016, of whom 1,913 were competing in 10 "higher-risk sports".

It also said:

  • nearly 100 samples were not matched to an athlete because of data entry errors
  • one missing sample was not located until two weeks after the Games
  • there was little or no in-competition blood testing in many high-risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting
  • there was no out-of-competition testing conducted in football, which Wada found "surprising"
  • there were almost 500 fewer tests conducted than organisers had planned during the games
  • without the dedication of doping-control staff, "the anti-doping program would have almost certainly collapsed"
  • as of 8 August, only 4,795 athletes were providing whereabouts information in the anti-doping system

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is ultimately responsible for delivering the anti-doping programme for the Olympic Games.

Wada mentioned several "failings" surrounding inadequate support for the chaperones employed to notify athletes of testing.

It said that on several occasions more than half of these failed to turn up, or turned up very late. It said they were "disincentivised" because of a lack of training, poor travel arrangements, and the fact many could not speak English.

It said that, for "the majority of times" the 'no-notice' nature of testing was "obviously compromised" because chaperones did not know where athletes were and had to ask their team-mates where they were.

In one of its recommendations, it said: "Untrained and inexperienced chaperones should not be working at the Games.

"It undermines respect and trust among athletes in the anti-doping program, and provides opportunities for experienced and unscrupulous athletes who would want to abuse the system to manipulate the doping control process."

Wada did praise improvements made to Rio's anti-doping laboratory, however.

The organisation had suspended the lab just six weeks before the Games opened, because it failed to comply with international standards.

But Wada said it had been "superbly equipped", and was "operated very securely and generally very efficiently".

It said it now represents an "outstanding legacy from the Games for the anti-doping movement in South America".

 

BBC

http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/37794421

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