WADA suspends Rio lab ahead of Olympics

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A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo

Montreal, Canada

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended credentials for a testing lab in Rio de Janeiro just over a month before the city hosts the Olympics, due to non-conformity with international laboratory standards.

WADA said in a public statement on Friday that the Rio lab has 21 days to appeal the decision to an arbitration court, starting on Wednesday when the agency first communicated its decision to the lab. The laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro declined to comment immediately on the decision.

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