Paris laboratory suspended for six months by World Anti-Doping Agency

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Wada's suspension of the Paris laboratory comes after a provisional suspension in September

France's anti-doping laboratory has been suspended for six months by the World Anti-Doping Agency over "analytical issues".

The suspension prevents the Paris laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

It comes after a provisional ban which was put in place in September.

The Paris laboratory, which dealt with about 13,500 samples in 2016, self-reported the issue to Wada.

When the provisional suspension was announced, National Anti-Doping Organisation of France general secretary Mathieu Teoran said the suspension was linked to the contamination of a sampling robot.