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Sochi 2014 test lab responds to WADA threat

Russia's sports minister says there will be reforms made to the laboratory that is to do drug tests at next year’s Sochi winter Olympics, following the threat of its suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

WADA has given the Moscow laboratory until December 1 to start reforms to improve the reliability of its results. If the deadline isn't met, it won't be allowed to provide testing facilities for the Olympics in February through a six-month suspension.

Sports minister Vitaly Mutko said: "Of course the WADA recommendations will be implemented. There is no problem whatsoever," according to R-Sport.

The first step for the Russian lab is to bring in independent quality management experts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of results. WADA has also given the deadline of April 1 next year for the laboratory to satisfy quality standards.