WADA revokes accreditation for Turkish doping lab
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
MONTREAL (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has revoked its accreditation for the Turkish doping laboratory that wrongly reported a positive test for American basketball player Diana Taurasi.
WADA already had suspended the Ankara lab.
In a statement Tuesday WADA says that lab "will no longer be authorized to carry out testing of doping control samples on behalf of WADA or any testing authority."
Last year, the lab said Taurasi had tested positive for the banned stimulant modafanil while playing professional basketball in Turkey. Several weeks later, the lab retracted the report and Taurasi was cleared of wrongdoing.
WADA says "it is the second time the Ankara laboratory has fallen below the standards set" by the agency. The lab also was suspended for three months in 2009.