Wednesday, 15 April 2009
DPC May Resume Operations Earlier
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Bernama) -- The Doping Control Centre (DPC) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) might be able to resume operations before the two-month suspension period imposed by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) is up following WADA expressing its satisfaction with the upgrading of laboratories at the centre.
Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency chairman Datuk Dr M.Jegathesan said WADA would conduct a follow-up inspection soon and the operational status of the DPC would be known after April 20.
He said suspensions of DPCs was a normal process in WADA which had a tight monitoring system to ensure all laboratories to test doping among athletes met standards set by it.
"The same (suspension) has happened to DPCs in other countries," he told reporters after attending a board meeting of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) here, Tuesday.
Jegathesan is also the deputy president of OCM.
Besides the DPCs in Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok and Beijing, the DPC at USM is an important testing centre in Asia for doping among athletes.
WADA on March 21 imposed two-month suspensions on the USM DPC and one in Ankara, Turkey for not conforming to standards.
They were given 21 days to appeal the decision.