The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced yesterday that it has suspended the accreditation of the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory in Rio. The announcement comes just six weeks before the start of the Rio Olympics.
WADA shut down the facility citing non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). The laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision and WADA will help the Rio lab to resolve its problems.
If the lab is not re-opened prior to the Olympics, WADA’s contingency plan is to ship the blood and urine samples to another lab (that has not been suspended) for testing.
Following the IOC reanalysis testing program and Russia’s widespread doping problems, this news is not good for the IOC and Olympics. Especially after the crazy news of what happened in Sochi.