Sri Lanka demands answers on integrity of anti-doping reports from banned labs

Dinal Philips

WADA suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi, India, for a period of up to six months on August 20 saying it failed to conform with International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).

Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency (SLADA) sources said seven athletes are currently facing disciplinary actions over positive dope tests and want prosecutors to investigate the credibility of the lab reports before nailing them with career-threatening bans.

“This is nonsense. WADA should compensate our people. They did not compensate Kusal Janith. Now this poor athlete, Kumarage,” he added.

In May 2016, Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Janith Perera successfully challenged a doping suspension proving scientifically and beyond reasonable doubt that the testing process of the WADA-accredited lab report in Qatar was flawed.

After withdrawing his provisional suspension, the International Cricket Council released a statement apologising to the cricketer.

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