Montreal, - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted today the suspension it imposed on the Anti-Doping Lab in Doha.
The lift was made after the lab completed some of the requirement to conform with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). This included completing requirements related to analyses of urine and blood samples.
WADA Director-General Olivier Niggli said "WADA is pleased to confirm that the Doha Laboratory's accreditation has been reinstated approximately five months after the laboratory was suspended." He also praised the cooperation from the lab to regain the accreditation.
WADA suspended the Doping Analysis Laboratory on November 7, 2016 prohibited the laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples. The suspension was a result of more strict quality assessments introduced by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.
Deputy Director-General of WADA Robert Koehler said at the time that they had no doubts about Anti-Doping Lab Qatar. He added back then that there were no sign of cheating or manipulation against the lab.
WADA head Craig Reedie also had apologized for the timing of the suspension, noting that it was an unintentional administrative mistake. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency