Malaysian drug-testing lab appeals suspension

Malaysian drug-testing lab appeals suspension

Published Jun. 4, 2010 2:09 p.m. ET

Malaysia is appealing the suspension of its drug-testing lab by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The agency withdrew accreditation from the lab in northern Penang state last week, saying it failed to comply with international testing standards.

Lab director Aishah A. Latiff said Friday the suspension stemmed from the testing of a sample for a foreign anti-doping agency. She said it was a case of ``miscommunication'' as the Penang lab was unaware of new guidelines issued by WADA.

Latiff tells The Associated Press: ``We have taken remedial actions and are appealing to the WADA executive committee for lifting the suspension.''


The Penang lab, which opened in 1995, is among six anti-doping labs in Asia accredited by the global body.