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Brazil hoping WADA approves anti-doping lab for Rio Olympics

May 8, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian sports officials say they are hopeful a new anti-doping laboratory will be approved next week by the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency.

WADA revoked the credential of Rio’s lab in 2013 because of “repeated failures” in meeting agency standards. Officials want a new laboratory up and running for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Ricardo Leyser, executive secretary of the Brazilian sports ministry, helped conduct a tour of the new lab on Friday.

He says “all the stages of auditing, all the tests WADA has successfully done make us feel confident in the process to reaccredit the laboratory.”

Without an accredited lab, doping samples from last year’s World Cup were flown to a lab in Switzerland for testing.

More than 5,000 blood and urine tests were performed at the 2012 London Olympics. The Rio number will probably be higher.

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