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by Mark Zalewski
November 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Top race organisers reduce team and peloton sizes in Grand Tours, Classics and other events; Provisional Australian NRS calendar released for 2017: Four races added, two return; UCI officially issues WorldTour, ProContinental licenses; WADA publishes 2015 testing report; WADA suspends Mexico City lab; Russian Paralympic Committee given long list of rules for reinstatement by IPC; CANYON//SRAM announces 2017 roster; An Post-ChainReaction solidifies roster; Former NFTO team loses title sponsor, in jeopardy of closing; Former pro found guilty after race crash caused rider death; Death of British cyclist who fell off cliff in Pyrenees ruled accidental; Cyclist breaks Billie Fleming’s 77-year-old record; Best of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the accreditation of the Laboratorio Nacional de Prevencion y Control del Dopaje-CONADE in Mexico City, Mexico, for a period of up to six months, beginning on 23 November.
“The decision to suspend the laboratory is a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards,” a statement said.
This makes for six laboratories out of the 34 accredited by WADA to be under suspension, and the eighth to be suspended in recent months. Labs in Kazakhstan, Spain, South Africa, Portugal and Qatar are currently under suspension. The Mexico City lab has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the decision, or can remedy the “non-conformities identified by the Laboratory Expert Group or WADA.” If the non-conformities are not fixed within six months, the lab risks another six month suspension.
The Sochi lab in Russia had its accreditation entirely3r revoked following the revelations of government-sponsored doping involving the lab.
The laboratory in Doha, Qatar was most recently put under suspension, only days before the meeting Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). This prompted an apology from from WADA President Craig Reedie who said the timing was not planned.
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