WADA lifts suspension on Madrid anti-doping lab

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The suspension of Madrid's anti-doping laboratory credentials has been lifted, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed.

Last June, WADA found the Spanish anti-doping agency AEPSAD was non-compliant with international standards.

The sanction meant that AEPSAD was prohibited from performing anti-doping tests, including taking blood samples and urine tests.

However, WADA confirmed that AEPSAD was removed from the list of non-compliant signatories in March, which was followed by a successful inspection.

Speaking about the decision, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said in a statement: "WADA is pleased to confirm that the Madrid laboratory's accreditation has been reinstated following AEPSAD's return to compliance.

"We would like to thank the laboratory for their continued cooperation throughout this process.

"Given the specific circumstances of their suspension, WADA is confident that the laboratory will continue to operate to the high standards required."