World Anti-Doping Agency lift threat of Argentina being banned from Rio 2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has lifted the threat of Argentina of missing this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Argentina had been declared non-compliant last November with the World Anti-Doping Code due to Secretaría de Deporte de la República Argentina, its National Anti-Doping Agency, using non-accredited laboratories for doping tests.
WADA has now revealed that Argentina has resolved the issue.
Argentina was put on the list of non-compliant countries at the WADA Foundation Board meeting last November.
Countries who are not compliant with WADA’s rules could be prevented from competing in international competition, including the Olympic Games.
Argentina’s removal from the list leaves four countries still non-compliant with world anti-doping regulations.
They are Andorra, Bolivia, Russia and Ukraine.
Russia’s track and field athletes are currently in danger of missing Rio 2016 after a WADA Independent Commission report found evidence of state-supported doping in the country.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned the country.
A special Taskforce is currently monitoring the situation and is expected to report back to the IAAF’s ruling Council at its next meeting in Monte Carlo on March 10 and 11.
- By Duncan Mackay This article was republished with permission from the original publisher, www.insidethegames.biz