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Brazil doping lab gets Olympic all clear

14 May 2015

RIO 2016: Brazil's drug-testing laboratory has had its status as an Olympic-standard facility restored, two years after being stripped of the elite ranking, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.

WADA chief Craig Reedie told reporters the global doping watchdog was satisfied that the Rio laboratory was now up to required standards as it prepared for the 2016 Olympics.

"My people at the WADA believe that they (the laboratory experts) are capable of doing the job," Reedie said in Montreal.

"I've seen the opening stages when I was there, it's been developed. Brazil works properly, that's a real plus."

WADA revoked the laboratory's credentials two years ago after identifying failures to meet international standards, forcing the Brazilians to undertake far-reaching remedial work.

WADA found that Rio now has the capacity to undertake at least 3000 tests at next year's Games, the first ever to be held in South America.

Some 5000 tests were carried out at the 2012 London Games.

South America's only other WADA-accredited lab is in Bogota.

Brazil inaugurated its new federal government-funded lab last year at a cost of 188 million reais ($A76 million).

It is scheduled to start work analysing samples from next July during a total of 44 test events prior to the Games.

Reedie said he could not say how many tests would be undertaken in total but that the Brazilian lab would have sufficient capacity as long as it took on extra staff ahead of the August 5-21 event.

WADA's executive committee also revealed it had bestowed accreditation on Ankara's lab, taking to 34 the global authorised total to test athletes.

AAP

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