WADA bans French lab after error
PARIS, France (AP):
The World Anti-Doping Agency has provisionally stopped France's only accredited anti-doping laboratory from carrying out testing after a positive sample it analysed from a bodybuilder contaminated two other samples with traces of a steroid.
The indefinite suspension means France's anti-doping agency will have to send blood and urine samples abroad for testing, until the facility in the Paris suburb of Chatenay-Malabry is re-accredited by WADA.
The French agency's secretary general, Mathieu Teoran, said in an interview yesterday that it's not clear when the suspension might be lifted.
The lab will be used for drug testing when Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024. It has previously been recognised for pioneering work in drug testing. It has never been suspended before, Teoran said.
The problem originated with a batch of 80 samples taken from bodybuilders, he said. Many of the samples tested positive, and some were found to contain 17 different substances, he said.
One sample with a particularly high concentrations of a steroid - some 200 times higher than generally found in positive cases - left traces of the substance on a testing machine, which then contaminated two other samples, he said.
Such machines are rinsed between samples to prevent contamination. But the cleaning procedure wasn't sufficient this time, he said.