Construction is continuing on the new home of the Doping Control and Technological Development Support Laboratory (LABDOP/LADETEC) in Rio de Janeiro, which will house the Official Doping Control Laboratory for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Brazil’s first World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory will carry out around 7,000 tests during the 2016 Games, with construction due to be completed during the first half of 2014.
“The renovation of LABDOP/LADETEC is a Rio de Janeiro bid commitment led by the Federal Government that is being successfully delivered,” said Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. “The fight against doping is one of the issues that the Olympic Movement has embraced as a priority and the laboratory’s expansion will be a great Rio 2016 Games contribution to these efforts in Brazil and in South America as a whole.”
Construction of the new laboratory was announced in February during the visit of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games.
Once construction is concluded, a period of new equipment testing and security protocols, recommended by WADA, will start in order to ensure its successful accreditation. LADETEC is one of 33 WADA accredited laboratories.