From Inside the Games

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has provisionally suspended the accreditation of the Paris laboratory.

A ban has been placed on the facility in the French capital, known as the French Laboratoire National De Dépistage du Dopage de Châtenay-Malabry (LNDD).

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

It comes after Paris was awarded the rights to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the International Olympic Committee Session in Lima on September 13.

“This provisional suspension was imposed due to analytical issues identified by WADA,” the organisation said in a statement, without elaborating.

The suspension will remain in place pending disciplinary proceedings, carried out by an independent Disciplinary Committee.

This will make a recommendation to the chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the laboratory’s accreditation.

According to reports, the National Anti-Doping Organisation of France secretary-general Mathieu Teoran said the suspension was linked to the contamination of a “sampling robot”.

“Appropriate corrective action was immediately taken and all potentially affected samples underwent reanalysis,” Teoran said, according to the BBC.

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