Brazil Unable To Handle Drug Testing

Brazil would not be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup and is looking overseas for help, the executive director of the country’s anti-doping authority said.

Brazil’s new doping lab in Rio de Janeiro should be up and running a year ahead of the 2016 Olympics, said Marco Aurelio Klein. He however added the lab won’t be ready for the World Cup next June and July.

The existing Rio lab that Brazil was expecting to use had its accreditation revoked. Klein called the lab’s loss of accreditation a “disaster.”

“Actually, it’s a problem of the new building. The new building will be completed, will be ready, at the end of April, beginning of May of 2014. Of course, it’s no time for the World Cup because you need to move the equipment, the people,” he said. “But we have no problem for the Olympic Games.”

Klein suggested the WADA lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, could oversee the testing of blood samples. “Of course, this plan must be approved by FIFA and by WADA,” he said.

The existing Rio lab can re-apply for accreditation but that’s “not likely to occur for many months, in other words beyond the World Cup, even if fast-tracked,” WADA director general David Howman said. He added FIFA and WADA are discussing the World Cup testing effort.

“That will obviously not include the laboratory in Rio because it hasn’t got accreditation,” Howman said. “We’re confident an outcome can be reached.”

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