Earlier this month, the Brazilian doping laboratory responsible for testing competitors’ samples for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, LBCD-Ladetec, was been suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), for ‘non-conformity’ with international standards. Wada has now reinstated the laboratory’s accreditation, saying the ‘identified issue’ has been resolved. The reason for the suspension of the lab has not been revealed.
Following the initial suspension, the case was reviewed by a disciplinary committee who say they are satisfied that the lab now meets requirements and can start testing blood and urine samples again.
In a statement, Wada’s chief executive Olivier Niggli said that the lab would be up and running in time for the Olympic and Paralympic games, which are due to start in Rio on 5 August. ‘Athletes can be confident that anti-doping sample analysis has been robust throughout the laboratory’s suspension and that it will also be during the Games,’ he added.