WADA lifts suspension of doping lab for 2016 Rio

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 on 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,” Brazilian Sports Minister George Hilton said in a statement. The ministry said doping tests would take place at 44 Olympic test events, which begin in two months. WADA said a laboratory in Ankara, Turkey, was also approved. It said one in Santiago, Chile, was granted candidate laboratory status and will be considered for future accreditation. There are 34 WADA-accredited laboratories across the world. WADA said six national anti-doping agencies or national Olympic committees had not complied with the revised World Anti-Doping Code. They are: El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, North Korea, Sierra Leone and the US Virgin Islands.