WADA suspends India's anti-doping lab

The Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has suspended India's drug-testing laboratory for six months, saying its analysis isn't up to scratch.

WADA says it found ''non-conformities'' during a visit to the New Delhi lab, including with isotope ratio mass spectrometry, a method used to detect banned steroids. The lab must now ship its untested samples to other labs.

That leaves the international anti-doping system with a hole in its coverage for southern Asia. The nearest accredited facilities are in Qatar, Thailand and China.

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New Delhi tested 7,163 samples in 2017, the last year for which statistics are available, ranking it 17th out of 31 labs worldwide.

Since finding evidence of cover-ups at the Russian anti-doping lab, WADA has stepped up its controls. That's included stripping labs in Kazakhstan and Portugal of their accreditations altogether.

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