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Brazil Says it Can’t Handle World Cup Drug Testing

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The executive director of Brazil’s anti-doping authority says the 2014 World Cup host won’t be able to handle the drug-testing program alone and is looking overseas for help.

Marco Aurelio Klein said a new Brazilian doping lab won’t be ready in time for June 12-July 13 soccer tournament.

Last month, the World Anti-Doping Agency revoked the accreditation of Brazil’s existing lab in Rio de Janeiro, citing “repeated failures.” WADA said the lab would no longer be authorized to test samples for WADA or any other testing authority.

Klein called the decision a “disaster.”

With that lab suspended and the new lab not finished, Klein said Brazil now is proposing that accredited labs elsewhere set up branches in the country to oversee the testing of World Cup blood and urine samples.

[Associated Press]

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