London Olympic laboratory declared ready by WADA
LONDON (AP) -- The laboratory that will test athletes for drugs at the London Olympics has been declared ready by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The King's College London Drug Control Center has been accredited by WADA following a two-year program that examined the lab's equipment, staff and procedures.
Jonathan Harris, the London organizing committee's anti-doping manager, says "the WADA accreditation is a green light signal that the lab is ready."
The laboratory is the size of seven tennis courts and will test as many as 400 samples per day during the Olympics and Paralympics -- more than at any previous games. It will run 24 hours a day.
The King's College lab usually deals with about 8,000 samples per year. It expects to handle more than 6,250 during the Olympics and Paralympics.