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Rio Drug-Testing Lab Gets WADA Ban as Olympics, World Cup Near

The drug-testing laboratory that would be responsible for Olympic and soccer World Cup testing in Rio de Janeiro had its accreditation suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The suspension of LAB DOP-LADETEC/IQ-UFRJ Doping Control Laboratory, known as LADETEC, was effective two days ago and prohibits the lab from carrying out any anti-doping activities for WADA, which announced the ban in an e-mailed news release yesterday.

WADA, based in Montreal, didn’t say why the lab’s accreditation was suspended, other than it didn’t meet the requirements of the International Standard for Laboratories.

WADA’s executive committee will make a later decision on whether to revoke LADETEC’s accreditation, and the lab has the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within the next 21 days.

The only other South American WADA-accredited lab for doping control analysis is based in Bogota. There are 33 worldwide, including LADETEC.

The World Cup begins June 12, 2014, and the Olympics will be held in Rio in 2016.

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