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World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests.

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it has suspended the lab's accreditation due to "non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories." It did not give details of the non-conformity.

The suspension is an embarrassment to Brazil and Rio so close to the games, which will open Aug. 5 after months of political turmoil and financial crisis for federal, state and city authorities.

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