WADA sus­pends France’s only anti-dop­ing lab

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

THE World Anti-dop­ing Agency has pro­vi­sion­ally stopped France’s only ac­cred­ited anti-dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory from car­ry­ing out test­ing after a pos­i­tive sam­ple it an­a­lysed from a body­builder con­tam­i­nated two other sam­ples with traces of a steroid.

The in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion means France’s anti-dop­ing agency will have to send blood and urine sam­ples abroad for test­ing, un­til the fa­cil­ity in the Paris sub­urb of Chate­nay-mal­abry is re-ac­cred­ited by WADA.

The French agency’s sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mathieu Te­o­ran, told the As­so­ci­ated Press Tues­day that it’s not clear when the sus­pen­sion might be lifted.

The lab will be used for drug test­ing when Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024. It has pre­vi­ously been recog­nised for pi­o­neer­ing work in drug test­ing. It has never been sus­pended be­fore, Te­o­ran said.

The prob­lem orig­i­nated with a batch of 80 sam­ples taken from body­builders, he said. Many of the sam­ples tested pos­i­tive, and some were found to con­tain 17 dif­fer­ent sub­stances, he said.

One sam­ple with a par­tic­u­larly high con­cen­tra­tions of a steroid — some 200 times higher than gen­er­ally found in pos­i­tive cases — left traces of the sub­stance on a test­ing ma­chine, which then con­tam­i­nated two other sam­ples, he said.

Such ma­chines are rinsed be­tween sam­ples to pre­vent con­tam­i­na­tion. But the clean­ing pro­ce­dure wasn’t suf­fi­cient this time, he said.

The lab de­tected the prob­lem on a Fri­day night, Aug 25, and WADA was in­formed three days later, on the fol­low­ing Mon­day, he said.

The fault has since been fixed and sam­ples were an­a­lysed again. He said no ath­lete was wrongly pun­ished be­cause of the con­tam­i­na­tion.

“We re-an­a­lysed en­tire waves of sam­ples to en­sure that there were no other prob­lems,” he said. “We think it’s re­solved.”

The lab is now wait­ing for a WADA au­dit, he said.

A WADA state­ment said the lab’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion was sus­pended be­cause of “an­a­lyt­i­cal is­sues” but did not de­tail them. – AP

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