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IOC director: suspension of Rio lab won't affect Olympic drug testing

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Montreal (dpa) - The suspension of Rio de Janeiro‘s doping control laboratory will not affect the testing programme for the Olympic Games in the city in August, International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical director Richard Budgett said on Saturday.

The accredidation of the lab was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for "non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories," the WADA said on Friday.

Drug test samples must now be analysed elsewhere but Budgett told dpa "It won‘t affect the integrity and the volume of the testing programme at the Olympic Games."

Procedural errors are said to be the reason for the decision which comes some six weeks before the start of the August 5-21 Rio games.

WADA said the suspension started Wednesday and is for six months although the lab can be reinstated earler once it meets WADA standards.

The lab has been suspended before, and all samples from the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil were analysed in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, Olympic drug testing has far more samples than the World Cup.

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