— Published 21 September 2022

Bucharest lab out of the red zone


End of purgatory for the Bucharest anti-doping laboratory. The Romanian establishment had been sanctioned in May 2021 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), for not being able to meet the requirements of a technical document on an analysis method. His initial suspension, set at six months, was then extended twice, in November 2021 and May 2022. But it has now been lifted. WADA’s president, Witold Bańka of Poland, personally approved it. The Bucharest laboratory can resume all its anti-doping activities normally. But it will have to seek a second opinion, for a period of twelve months, before declaring an analytical result abnormal or atypical.