WADA sus­pends Doha test lab for four months

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) has sus­pended the main Qatar drug test­ing anal­y­sis lab­o­ra­tory in Doha for four months for fail­ing to meet tougher guide­lines. The sus­pen­sion, which be­gan on Novem­ber 7, pro­hibits the lab­o­ra­tory from any anti-dop­ing mea­sures, such as anal­y­sis of urine or blood sam­ples. Those must now be trans­ported to another WADA-ac­cred­ited lab. A WADA an­nounce­ment said the lab ac­cred­i­ta­tion was sus­pended due to strin­gent new qual­ity assess­ment pro­ce­dures. The Qatar lab has 21 days from the serv­ing of no­tice to ap­peal the ban to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport.

De­tails of ex­actly what ar­eas the Qatar lab failed to mea­sure up were not re­vealed. Speak­ing yes­ter­day ahead of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees’ gen­eral assem­bly in Doha, WADA deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Rob Koehler said the sus­pen­sion was not to do with foul play. “It’s noth­ing to do with cheat­ing, it’s a pro­ce­dural is­sue that we have found that needs to be cor­rected,” he said.

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