(Reuters) - Bogota’s anti-doping laboratory has had its accreditation suspended for up to six months after it failed to comply with international standards, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday.
The suspension, which began on Monday, prohibits the lab from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples, WADA said in a statement.
According to WADA, the suspension was due to analytical issues, which led to a failure to comply with the global anti-doping body’s External Quality Assessment Scheme.
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 Bogota laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis