Drugs in Sport: Britain awarded second drug-testing laboratory

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Britain's leading role in the fight against drugs in sport was underlined yesterday when a second laboratory was awarded accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to test samples from athletes.

The Cambridge-based HFL Ltd has joined King's College in London as being officially recognised by WADA and the International Olympic Committee. There are only 32 such laboratories in the world, and only three countries have two - Germany, Spain and now Britain.

UK Sport is increasing the number of tests from 6,000 annually to 8,500 by the end of 2006 and HFL will be used to analyse some of the extra samples.

John Scott, UK Sport's acting director of drug-free sport, said: "This recognition shows that we have the technical know-how in this country to meet the very stringent criteria laid down by WADA, and it also shows how committed we are to anti-doping."

HFL has been involved in testing racehorses and greyhounds since it was set up in 1963 and has expanded to cover animals in more than 20 countries.