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WADA suspends credentials of Rio lab ahead of Olympics

A journalist walks in front of a screen with olympics logos during the medal launching ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
A journalist walks in front of a screen with olympics logos during the medal launching ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended credentials for a testing lab in Rio de Janeiro just over a month before the city hosts the Olympics, due to non-conformity with international laboratory standards.

WADA said in a public statement on Friday that the Rio lab has 21 days to appeal the decision to an arbitration court, starting on Wednesday when the agency first communicated its decision to the lab. The laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro declined to comment immediately on the decision.

(Reporting by Tatiana Ramil; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Daniel Flynn)

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