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WADA suspends Doha anti-doping laboratory over 'quality assessment procedures'

Doha laboratory, which is the seventh of 34 Wada-accredited labs to lose its status this year, has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

WADA suspends Doha anti-doping laboratory over 'quality assessment procedures'
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Doha's anti-doping laboratory has had its accreditation suspended for four months after it failed to comply with international standards, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in a statement.

The decision to ban the laboratory in Qatar, host country of the 2022 soccer World Cup, was a direct result of more stringent quality assessment procedures introduced by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.

"The decision to suspend the laboratory is a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards," said WADA.

The suspension, which took effect on November 7, prohibits the laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

During the ban, samples must be sent to another WADA-accredited laboratory, "ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system."

The Doha laboratory, which is the seventh of 34 Wada-accredited labs to lose its status this year, has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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