The Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) has played an active role in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a statement said Monday. ADLQ received a total of 1,612 samples, including urine and blood, from both in-competition and out-of-competition testing in November-December 2022. The samples were received from November 14 to December 19. The turnaround time for the reporting of results was 24 to 48 hours. The ADLQ laboratory contributed to the implementation of the (Comprehensive Anti-Doping) programme, supervised by the International Federation of Football Association, where samples (urine and blood) were collected by the FIFA Testing Department, and doping testing was carried out at ADLQ.
ADLQ contributed to the success of the great event as it is the only World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in a well-trained region, which achieved accreditation in 2014 (Athlete Biological passport) and 2015 (WADA-accreditation). The laboratory worked 24x7 to achieve a fast turnaround time. Overall, the drug testing for the FIFA World Cup 2022 was accomplished successfully as per the terms and conditions of the contract with the FIFA organising committee for dope testing.
The ADLQ has well-trained and experienced scientists both from Qatar and the neighbouring countries. In addition, a few of experts from other WADA accredited labs were also invited to assist the lab in carrying out the dope analysis. ADLQ received excellent feedback from FIFA in a letter addressed to general manger after the completion of the tournament for the services provided for the anti-doping testing, the statement added.
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