UCLA lab re­ceives par­tial sus­pen­sion

WADA penalty arises from con­cerns over han­dling of cer­tain banned sub­stances.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By David Whar­ton david.whar­ton@la­times.com

The UCLA Olympic lab­o­ra­tory, which came into promi­nence when it served as the test­ing cen­ter for the 1984 Los An­ge­les Games, has been placed on par­tial sus­pen­sion over con­cerns about its han­dling of cer­tain banned sub­stances.

World Anti-Dop­ing Agency of­fi­cials an­nounced the three-month penalty Tues­day, say­ing the lab may con­tinue its work but must ob­tain a sec­ond opin­ion from another ac­cred­ited fa­cil­ity be­fore re­port­ing pos­i­tive find­ings re­lated to two spe­cific an­abolic steroids and two glu­co­cor­ti­coids.

WADA found that, in cases lim­ited to those sub­stances, UCLA had not ad­hered to best prac­tices.

Univer­sity of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment about plans to re­solve the prob­lem, but the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee had no qualms with the sus­pen­sion.

“We’re com­pletely in fa­vor of strict com­pli­ance with the code,” USOC chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Black­mun said. “To the ex­tent that any lab­o­ra­tory is non­com­pli­ant, whether it’s in the U.S. or oth­er­wise, we sup­port the di­rec­tion that WADA has taken.”

The UCLA lab was founded in 1982 with a grant from the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the 1984 Games. It also served as a test­ing cen­ter for the 1996 At­lanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Now, un­der con­tract with the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency, it claims to an­a­lyze ap­prox­i­mately 45,000 urine sam­ples each year and does test­ing for the NCAA, NFL and other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

USADA said there was no ev­i­dence that UCLA pro­duced false pos­i­tives or that ath­letes had been wrong­fully dis­ci­plined.

“WADA’s an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the UCLA Lab­o­ra­tory doesn’t mean that there should be any con­cern about the re­li­a­bil­ity of anti-dop­ing pro­cesses in the United States,” USADA said in a state­ment.

In other Olympic news, Black­mun con­firmed the USOC has be­gun pre­par­ing for a cru­cial International Olympic Com­mit­tee vote in mid-July.

IOC mem­bers will de­cide whether to al­ter the cur­rent bid­ding com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Los An­ge­les and Paris, giv­ing the 2024 Sum­mer Games to one city and 2028 to the other. A dual-award ar­range­ment could lead to in­tense ne­go­ti­a­tions in ad­vance of Septem­ber’s fi­nal se­lec­tion.

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