2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. A soldier walks past an Olympics sign before the evening athletics session at the Olympic Stadium. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The Rio Olympics doping laboratory, which was briefly stripped of its credentials two months before the Games, now meets the toughest of internationals standards following a stress test, the International Olympic Committee said Monday.Budgett, a Briton who won a rowing gold at the 1984 Olympics, gave no details of the mistake the cost the lab its accreditation, but the head of the facility said in July there had been problems with the implementation of new equipment.The lab will be processing about 6,000 blood and urine tests during the Games and any suggestion of it not being up to standard could have further overshadowed an Olympics already grappling with huge doping issues.The Russian lab was used to switch clean samples for positive doping samples of Russian athletes with the help of the Russian secret service and the head of the lab, as highlighted in a report commissioned by WADA.
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