RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil has sacked the head of its anti-doping body less than a week after suspension of the one lab due to conduct testing in Rio for the Olympics, the sports ministry said Thursday.
Marco Aurelio Klein was to be replaced at the head of the Brazilian agency by former Brazilian Olympic judo champion Rogerio Sampaio.
The agency denied that Klein’s departure was linked to the suspension of its Rio de Janeiro laboratory by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) this month, saying the switch is instead due to a change of government amid an impeachment trial against president Dilma Rousseff.
It will be up to Sampaio, who does not have experience in the area, to deal with the visit by officials from the world anti-doping body next week.
WADA announced a week ago it was suspending the Rio lab, prohibiting it from carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood samples.
The suspension was imposed due to a non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories, according to WADA.
Rio will be the first city in South America to host the Olympics from August 5-21.