Brazil sacks Olympics anti-dop­ing chief

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil has sacked the head of its anti-dop­ing body less than a week af­ter sus­pen­sion of the one lab due to con­duct test­ing in Rio for the Olympics, the sports min­istry said Thurs­day.

Marco Aure­lio Klein was to be re­placed at the head of the Brazil­ian agency by for­mer Brazil­ian Olympic judo cham­pion Rogerio Sam­paio.

The agency de­nied that Klein’s de­par­ture was linked to the sus­pen­sion of its Rio de Janeiro lab­o­ra­tory by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) this month, say­ing the switch is in­stead due to a change of gov­ern­ment amid an im­peach­ment trial against pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff.

It will be up to Sam­paio, who does not have ex­pe­ri­ence in the area, to deal with the visit by of­fi­cials from the world anti-dop­ing body next week.

WADA an­nounced a week ago it was sus­pend­ing the Rio lab, pro­hibit­ing it from car­ry­ing out all anti-dop­ing analy­ses on urine and blood sam­ples.

The sus­pen­sion was im­posed due to a non­con­for­mity with the In­ter­na­tional Stan­dard for Lab­o­ra­to­ries, ac­cord­ing to WADA.

Rio will be the first city in South Amer­ica to host the Olympics from Au­gust 5-21.—AFP

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