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WADA extends NDTL suspension by 6 months

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, July 22: In a massive jolt to India�s Olympic preparations, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has extended the suspension of the country�s National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) by another six months citing non-conformation to international standards.

The WADA first suspended NDTL in August last year for a period of six months. A fresh round of inspection by the world body, much to the embarrassment of country�s sporting establishment, showed that non-conformities still existed.

�The World Anti-Doping Agency has suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory in New Delhi, India, for a second period of up to six months,� WADA said in a statement.

The suspension prohibits the NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

The laboratory�s non-conformities pertain to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) identified during a WADA site visit, including the laboratory�s isotope ratio mass spectrometry � the analytical technique of choice for confirmation of prohibited substances.

Currently, urine samples collected by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) are being sent primarily to the WADA-accredited lab in Doha.

The WADA conducted a second inspection of NDTL in February. But corrective measures weren�t found to be good enough to revoke the suspension, which is now extended till January, 2021. � PTI

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