Brazil’s doping control laboratory in Rio de Janiero will be available for use at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted its suspension.
The laboratory, based at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), lost its accreditation following “repeated failures” in meeting WADA standards in 2013.
That left the real possibility that there would not be a suitable doping lab at next year’s Olympics and Paralympics before it was decided that it would be moved to a brand new venue, which costs around R$134 million ($45 million).
The decision was taken following a WADA Foundation Board meeting in Montreal, with the decision being approved by the organisation’s Executive Committee.
Staff have been working during a probation period, which began in August of last year, to ensure the centre was re-accredited and the news represents a major boost for the Organising Committee with 450 days to go until the event in Brazil begins.