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WADA announces Brazil will have doping lab back for pre-Olympic events

MONTREAL — Brazil will have its anti-doping lab back in operation for the 2016 Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday that the lab in Rio de Janeiro has met the agency’s requirements and will re-accredited to handle athletes’ drug tests. It will be ready for test events in Brazil leading up to the Summer Olympics.

The Laboratorio Brasileiro De Controle De Dopagem lost its accreditation in 2013 due to repeatedly failing to meet WADA standards.

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During the FIFA World Cup last summer, players’ blood and urine tests had to be flown to a lab in Switzerland for testing.

The lab in Ankara, Turkey, which was closed in 2011 after a false positive test on U.S. basketball player Diana Taurasi, was also re-accredited.

Both labs were “subject to multiple site visits; participation in WADA’s external quality assessment scheme and ISO assessment by independent accreditation bodies,” the agency said in a statement.

Also, the University of Chile Laboratory in Santiago was granted WADA candidate laboratory status and will be considered for future accreditation.

The decisions were made at WADA’s executive committee and foundation board meetings.

There are 34 WADA-accredited laboratories in the world.

The Canadian Press