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WADA suspends India’s dope testing lab for 6 more months

New Delhi, July 22 (efe-epa).- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for the second period of up to six months because the lab is not conforming to international standards, the global body said on Wednesday.

The WADA had originally suspended the lab for six months in August last year due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) identified during a WADA site visit.

The suspension means that the lab based in New Delhi would not be able to carry out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. Currently, samples collected by India’s National Anti-Doping Agency are tested at the WADA-accredited lab in Doha.

The anti-doping agency said in a statement that in February 2020, when the first six-month suspension period elapsed, the lab had not addressed some outstanding non-conformities.

“WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) recommended the initiation of further disciplinary proceedings against the laboratory based on the outstanding non-conformities. The disciplinary process is now complete and the second six-month suspension began on 17 July 2020.”

The laboratory has an option to appeal the WADA decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of the notice.

However, the global body said that during the period of suspension, if the laboratory satisfied the LabEG in meeting the requirements, it might apply for reinstatement before the expiry of the six-month suspension period.

“Should the laboratory not address the non-conformities by the end of the six-month suspension period, WADA may extend the suspension of the laboratory’s accreditation for up to an additional six months.”

India’s federal Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is also the chairman of the NDTL, said technical problems were being addressed at the lab.

“WADA served (the first) suspension notice before I took over as chairman of National Dope Testing Laboratory. The rules of revoking its accreditation after 6 months suspension are avoided by extending the suspension period because all technical problems are being addressed no,” Rijiju tweeted. EFE-EPA

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