World Anti-Doping Agency suspends Qatar laboratory
On Monday, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended its accreditation of the anti-doping laboratory in the Qatari capital Doha for four months.
The decision to ban the laboratory in Qatar was in response of more stringent quality assessment procedures introduced by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.
Anti-Doping activities including all analyses samples
Qatar host country UCI Road World Championships which was held in October 2016 and Suspension took effect on November 7, which prohibits the laboratory from carrying out anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples.
During the ban, samples must be sent to another WADA-accredited laboratory for testing to be carried out.
WADA say this is ‘ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system.’
The Doha laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.