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WADA suspends India dope testing laboratory



New Delhi: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi, barring the facility from conducting any anti-doping tests for up to six months.

The suspension, which took effect on August 20, was imposed due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories, the global anti-doping body said Thursday.

The irregularities, identified during a site visit by WADA, included some in relation to the lab’s Isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analytical method.

After WADA’s laboratory expert group recommended disciplinary proceedings in May, a disciplinary committee recommended the suspension.

While the lab is suspended samples that have not yet been analysed by the lab, samples undergoing a confirmation test and any samples that have returned an adverse result must be securely transported to another WADA-accredited laboratory for testing.

“This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes’ confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system,” WADA said in a statement.

The laboratory can appeal the suspension or apply for reinstatement before six months have passed if it has addressed non-conforming procedures.


Azam Khan’s wife gets bail in electricity theft case




Rampur: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s wife Tazeen Fatima was granted bail by a court here on Saturday in connection with a case pertaining to electricity theft.

A complaint was received by the authorities regarding illegal electricity and tubewell connections at a resort owned by Azam Khan’s wife.

After the complaint, the resort was raided by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Prem Prakash Tiwari and Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Rajeev Ranjan and on September 5, the local administration had cut off the electricity connection to the resort.

Mr Tiwari confirmed that power theft was detected during the raid.

Over 80 cases have been registered against Azam Khan, most of which are about the land encroachment by Jauhar University. The SP lawmaker is the varsity’s vice-chancellor.

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