Brazil says it can’t handle World Cup drug testing
With one lab suspended and its replacement unfinished, Brazil
won’t be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup alone
and is looking overseas for help.
The executive director of the country’s anti-doping authority
told The Associated Press on Thursday the new lab in Rio de Janeiro
should be running a year before the 2016 Olympics. But, Marco
Aurelio Klein added, the lab won’t be ready for the World Cup next
June and July.
The existing Rio lab that Brazil was expecting to use was
stripped of its accreditation last month by the World Anti-Doping
Agency. WADA cited ”repeated failures” by the facility. Without
accreditation, the lab isn’t authorized to do WADA-recognized
Klein called the lab’s loss of accreditation a ”disaster.”
”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,
”Of course, this plan must be approved by FIFA and by WADA,”
he said, adding that he and the lab director met with WADA
officials in Montreal last week.
In a statement to the AP, FIFA said it was looking at the
possibility of testing some blood samples in Rio and sending others
to Lausanne, and that this is the ”most likely” solution for the
In all, Klein said he expects FIFA will conduct about 900 tests
for the World Cup, both before and during the competition.
The existing Rio lab can reapply for accreditation but that’s
”not likely to occur for many months, in other words beyond the
World Cup, even if fast-tracked,” WADA director general David
Howman told the AP.
FIFA and WADA are discussing the World Cup testing effort, he
”That will obviously not include the laboratory in Rio because
it hasn’t got accreditation,” Howman said. ”We’re confident an
outcome can be reached.”
AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar contributed to this report.