A new lab being built in Rio de Janeiro should be up and running prior to the 2016 Olympics — also to be held in Brazil — but will not be ready in time for the World Cup in June and July of 2014.
Another lab that was to handle drug testing for the international soccer tournament had its accreditation stripped by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last month due to “repeated failures” by the facility.
Head of Brazil’s anti-doping authority Marco Aurelio Klein called the lab’s loss of accreditation a “disaster,” but added; ”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 said Brazil was proposing that accredited labs elsewhere set up branches in the country to oversee the testing of World Cup blood and urine samples. Under the proposal, the testing would still be done using Brazilian equipment and facilities but would be overseen by WADA-accredited labs overseas.
He suggested the WADA lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, could oversee the testing of blood samples. Brazil could turn to labs from Europe or the United States for help with the urine sampling, he added.