Less than a week after revoking the accreditation of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and suspended the license of the lab in Lisbon, the World Anti-Doping Association has suspended the accreditation of the laboratory in Beijing, China.
The suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Laboratory from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples. During the period of suspension, samples are required to be transported securely to another WADA-accredited laboratory.
The laboratory will have 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
WADA has required the laboratory to take 5 remedial steps during the suspension period. The laboratory may apply for reinstatement between now and the end of the 4-month suspension period.
China, along with Russia, have been mired in a run of positive doping tests and scandals that have raised doubts about the countries’ anti-doping activities.
As WADA continues to punish non-compliant laboratories, countries, and federations under the code, they also announced on Thursday that the country of Bolivia has been removed from the non-compliant list. The country’s National Olympic Committee, which is acting as its National Anti-Doping Organization, from the list of signatories that were previously deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code after the Bolivian NOC has resolved an issue related to the use of non-accredited laboratories.
Bolivia was one of 6 countries listed as non-compliant in November of 2015. Argentina and Ukraine were also deemed to be using non-accredited laboratories, and have also both been removed. Andorra and Israel were non-compliant for not having rules in place compliant with the 2015 Code, and Israel has since been removed. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was also included after a recommendation from WADA’s Independent Commission into doping in Russian Athletics.
RUSADA and Andorra are the only two National Anti-Doping Organizations that remain on the non-compliant list.