Brazil's drug testing lab reinstated two weeks before Olympic Games

WADA Logo“WADA is very pleased to announce that the Rio Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated,” said WADA director general Olivier Niggli. To win back its certification previously, having also lost it in 2013, the federal government poured 200 million Brazilian real (US $60 million) into the facility. The investment brought state-of-the-art drug testing instruments to the Rio lab, including mass spectrometers (which identify molecules based on their masses and trajectories as they pass through electric or magnetic fields). It is unclear as to what specifically caused the suspension this time around. The Rio lab remains under close scrutiny by WADA, which will be watching for not only technical compliance, but also signs of corruption, which it discovered was occurring in spectacular fashion at the WADA-accredited lab in  Russia, including during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 2016 Olympics begin on August 5 with doubts surrounding Russian involvement.]]>

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