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Sochi Olympics drug-testing lab under investigation

November 15, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Torch bearers participate in the relay for the Sochi Winter Games.
Torch bearers participate in the relay for the Sochi Winter Games. (Alexander Khitrov / Associated…)

With less than three months to go before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the principal drug-testing laboratory in Russia could lose its international accreditation.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the Moscow facility -- which handled testing for the recent world track and field championships -- to be sure it is compliant with agency standards.

Arne Ljungqvist, the medical commission chairman for the International Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press that he expects to receive the investigation's findings soon.

"We are all aware of the problems," said Ljungqvist, who is also a WADA official. "Otherwise, the disciplinary procedure would not take place."

Sochi is expected to be a highly scrutinized Games with more than 2,400 competition and pre-competition drug tests.

With the Olympics scheduled to begin Feb. 7, the Russian lab had planned to establish a satellite facility in the Black Sea resort. If the lab is sanctioned, samples would probably have to be transported elsewhere.

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