Brazil Seeking Foreign Anti-Doping Help Following Closure Of Rio Doping Lab
Brazilian anti-doping exec Marco Aurelio Klein said that his country will not "be able to handle the drug-testing programme" for the 2014 World Cup alone and Klein "is looking overseas for help," according to the AP. Klein said that a new drug-testing lab in Brazil will not be ready in time for the World Cup next year. Last month, the World Anti-Doping Agency "revoked the accreditation of Brazil's existing lab in Rio de Janeiro, citing 'repeated failures.'" Klein called that decision a "disaster." Klein said Brazil is "proposing that accredited labs elsewhere set up branches in the country to oversee the testing of World Cup blood and urine samples" (AP, 9/19). The AP reported in a separate piece that Klein said, "In reality, it's a problem with the new building. It will be ready at the end of April or at the beginning of May. But of course it will not be ready for the World Cup because you have to move the equipment and personnel. But we will not have a problem for the 2016 Olympics." Klein proposed that the WADA lab in Lausanne, Switzerland "supervise the blood tests" (AP, 9/19).