WADA Apologizes For Timing Of Doha Lab Suspension

One week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the accreditation of the anti-doping lab in Doha, Qatar, WADA President Craid Reedie has apologized for the timing of the suspension.

The suspension came just days before a meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Qatar this week.

ANOC President Skeikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who is also a member of the IOC, criticized the timing of the suspension at the meeting referring to the creation of deeper frictions between the Olympic Movement and WADA.

“There were questions of timing with the report,” Ahmad said of the McLaren report issued earlier this year highlighting the Russian doping scandal. “Now again we see it with Doha, not because of cheating but because of procedures. The decision was only made on November 7, but came here on the day of the General Assembly.”

Reedie apologized at the meeting saying, “I fully apologize that this happened.” He went on to assure that the timing of the suspension was not done intentionally by WADA.

“I decided that the process should be finished on Wednesday last week (November 9), I hoped it would be finished before the General Assembly in Doha,” said Reedie.

Reedie’s leadership and WADA were under fire from Ahmad for the remainder of the meeting as Ahmad cited worries about the timing of the release of part two of the McLaren report, and WADA‘s power.

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4 years ago

A low to mid level PR person did his / her job & released the info . The elite power complex that is WADA is not amused . There are always little ppl in these failed institutions that try & go to work & do their jobs .If we could behead the top 1/3 of this corrupt outfit & start again – it might have a future.

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