Olympic Drug Testing Lab Suspended Just Weeks Ahead of the Games 

Another drug testing scandal has rocked the 2016 Olympics. This time, it has nothing to do with Russian athletes and everything to do with the Brazilian laboratory designated to conduct tests for the games in Rio de Janeiro which are scheduled to take place in August. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the lab for not conforming to international drug testing standards.

So what happens now?

An appeal can be filed in the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days if the laboratory desires to do so. The Rio lab has had its fair share of troubles in the past. It has a record of disciplinary action including having its certifications revoked by WADA who refuses to let it continue to submit drug testing results due to its inability to conform to the same standards other labs have committed to adopting.

A history of issues

In 2014’s World Cup, the lab was shut down due to misconduct. The blood samples taken from Brazilian soccer players were flown to Switzerland where drug testing was done. The lab says that the suspension is temporary and it will be back in business as early as July.

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