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WADA Suspends Anti-doping Laboratory In Africa

todayMarch 7, 2024 5

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of South Africa’s Bloemfontein Anti-Doping Laboratory for “multiple non-conformities” with international standards.

WADA has announced that it has suspended the accreditation of Africa’s only accredited anti-doping laboratory from 1 March, due to “multiple non-compliances” to meet international standards.

In a statement, WADA said it had suspended the accreditation of the South African Anti-Doping Laboratory in Bloemfontein for a period of six months.

last year September, Bloemfontein laboratory was placed under some restrictions, while other anti-doping activities were allowed to continue.

WADA claimed that experts advised the agency to suspend the facility’s accreditation due to “multiple non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories”.

“The suspension … prohibits the laboratory from conducting any anti-doping activities, including the analysis of urine and blood samples, with the exception of analyses related to the haematology module of the Athlete Biological Passport,”

WADA said the laboratory will be allowed to apply for reinstatement once it has demonstrated that all identified “non-conformities” have been addressed.

This is to ensure the continued high quality of sample analysis, which will also help to maintain athletes’ confidence in the process and the anti-doping system as a whole,”

This sanction comes at a time when WADA is implementing the Athlete Engagement and Anti-Doping Legacy programmes at the 2023 African Games to promote clean sport during the 2023 African Games in Accra, Ghana.

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The 13th edition of the Games will see over 5,000 athletes from around 50 countries compete in 30 sports. Before the start of the African Games, the African Union Commission (AUC), with the support of WADA, will host a high-level forum on anti-doping in sport on 7 March 2024.

The Forum will be attended by African Ministers of Sport and other senior government officials, leaders of the African sports movement, Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) and other clean sport stakeholders.

Rodney Swigelaar, Director of WADA’s Africa Office, said:

“The Anti-Doping Forum to be held during the African Games promises to be powerful. It is important to assess and discuss anti-doping issues and to consider African solutions to doping problems in an African context. The workshop will provide another opportunity to promote the work to develop the capacity of anti-doping programmes.”

“The Athlete Engagement Team, led by African athletes, will have the important task of interacting with athletes and their support staff throughout the event. The MEAL programme will play a role in connecting with anti-doping professionals and strengthening the capacity of anti-doping organisations in the region.”

The team includes athletes such as Ganzi Semu Mugala (Uganda), Ngon Ntama (Cameroon), Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) and Nathalie Bashala (Democratic Republic of Congo).

The MEAL program aims to provide quality support to the various stakeholders involved in the delivery of the Games’ anti-doping program.

Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama

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