Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (Brazil's state-funded anti-doping authority) Exec Dir Marco Aurelio Klein said that the World Anti-Doping Agency "could fast track an application from Brazil's new drug-testing laboratory to ensure a facility is in place for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Brazil "suffered a setback in August when an existing laboratory, Rio's LAB DOP-LADETEC/IQ-UFRJ Doping Control Laboratory, or LADETEC, had its accreditation to carry out analysis revoked by WADA following repeated failures." Klein said that the closing means drug testing for next year's football World Cup "will be sent to overseas labs." Klein said that the new laboratory, part of an 80M reais ($36.3M) project, "is currently under construction and will be operational" by Sept. '14. WADA's accreditation "can begin once the facility is up and running." Klein: "If they think it's going as well as we expect them to, we will have new accreditation from July or maybe August 2015. That's in good time for the Olympics and Paralympics. Without fast track, it takes much longer." Of "immediate concern is the World Cup, which starts June 12." Klein said that FIFA had wanted to find a solution in Brazil, "though that will not be possible." Klein said that "blood probably will be sent to a facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, and urine to a laboratory in Lisbon." Approval "is needed from FIFA" (BLOOMBERG, 10/9).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
The Spanish Football League (LFP) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Int'l Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to "get stronger in the fight against corruption in football," according to the AFP. Under the agreement, both organizations will share information and the ICSS will advise the LFP in its fight against match-fixing. LFP President Javier Tebas highlighted the ICSS's "extensive experience in the world of organized crime." The agreement "also includes Federbet, a company that monitors bets to report on any suspicious trends." ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab "applauded the LFP's efforts to protect and preserve integrity in Spanish football" (AFP, 10/9).
At its November congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, the World Anti-Doping Agency "will update its call for athletes to carry steroid passports, similar to the biological passports already used in sports such as cycling, athletics and cross-country skiing," according to Allan Maki of the GLOBE & MAIL. On top of that, WADA "is set to introduce harsher penalties for first-time cheats" effective Jan. '15. In Canada, for example, "an athlete caught using an illegal substance for the first time could receive a two-year ban." A second offense "would result in a life-time suspension." Under WADA's new rules, it is four years for a first offense, "life for a second." Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports CEO Paul Melia "will be at the WADA congress and approves of the tougher sanctions." Melia said, "It sends a strong message. As the Lance Armstrong situation showed [in cycling], a very sophisticated doping program can take place and go undetected. Right now, athletes are thinking, 'Even if I do get caught it's only two years. I'll do it.' If an athlete thinks the possibility of being caught is low then the need for a severe penalty goes up." WADA "is determined to upgrade its attack on performance-enhancing drugs through a standardized approach, with all sports in all countries educating, testing and punishing in the same fashion." Melia said the CCES "will adopt and implement the 2015 world code" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/9).
The Bombay High Court on Thursday "asked Maharashtra government to file an affidavit within three weeks detailing investigations carried out by the Mumbai Crime Branch in the case of match fixing and betting in Indian Premier League cricket matches" (PTI, 10/10). ... The Philippine baseball team that won the gold medal in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games "cried foul over alleged maltreatment by the Philippine Sports Commission." Members of the team said that "the PSC cut their monthly allowances and were told to vacate their quarters inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex" (MANILA TIMES, 10/10).