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Rio doping lab out for World Cup

13 November 2013, 19:59

Johannesburg - FIFA will use the dope testing laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, for next year's World Cup, since the Rio lab will probably not be ready in time, football's governing body announced on Tuesday.

They took the decision after holding talks with The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Brazilian authorities after WADA president John Fahey announced earlier on Tuesday that the lab in Rio was unlikely to be in a position to test the samples.

"Following the recent decision by WADA to revoke the accreditation of the LADETEC laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, and after thorough consideration and discussion with WADA and the Brazilian authorities, FIFA has decided to use the WADA accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, to analyse blood and urine samples on the occasion of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil," read a statement from FIFA.

"The LAD laboratory in Lausanne was already mandated on the occasion of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 for the handling of the analysis for the biological profile of athletes.

"For next year's World Cup, FIFA and WADA will ensure the best possible analysis of urine and blood samples and the proper implementation of the new strategy in the fight against doping by means of the steroid module of the Athlete Biological Passport.

"FIFA is now taking the necessary logistical steps for the shipment of samples overseas."

WADA revoked accreditation for Brazil's testing lab in Rio de Janeiro in August, and it will take time to be allowed back in again, according to Fahey.

"It's almost certain it won't happen before the World Football Cup next year," Fahey told journalists at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg.

World footballing body FIFA has its own anti-doping programme to test players for banned substances, he said.

"Clearly that will involve using another laboratory."

He admitted flying samples to other countries posed a logistical problem but was "not unsurmountable."

"You can move the samples these days with aircrafts and regular flights."

The move would no doubt run up costs for anti-doping tests during the 2014 World Cup.

Blood samples have to be tested within 36 hours to be valid.

The Brazilian laboratory previously had its accreditation suspended for nine months in 2012 before being reinstated.

The global anti-doping body conducts regular quality controls on its 35 laboratories worldwide.


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