Doping Lab Loses Accreditation

Can athletes trust testing facilities?


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The World Anti-Doping Agency has revoked the accreditation of a Turkish drug testing facility after it erroneously charged a WNBA player with a positive test for a banned substance. The lab, in Ankara, had previously been suspended in 2009 and is now banned from carrying out doping tests. The suspension follows a similar case at a lab in Malaysia, which lost its certificate earlier this year after it submitted false positives for three soccer players and a runner. In combination, the incidents raise serious questions about the legimacy of the World Anti-Doping’s testing regimine, which falls outside normal criminal justice proceedings, but has the power to ban athletes for using performance-enhancing drugs and leaves athletes with little recourse in the event of a false positive. Formed in 1999, WADA polices what are known as Olympic-movement sports, from cycling and running to cricket and badminton.

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