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IOC official unsure if suspended Rio doping lab will be ready in time

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top International Olympic Committee official says it’s unclear if the suspended anti-doping laboratory for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics can be re-opened before the games start in just under six weeks.

“This is something that is doable,” Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said Sunday. “But there are a number of steps that need to be taken.”

The World Anti-doping Agency announced Friday it had suspended the Rio lab. Dubi said the suspension was for “wrongly interpreting” test results and producing “false positives.”

Thousands of blood and urine tests will need to be shipped abroad if the lab remains closed, another major embarrassment to games organizers who have faced problems from the Zika virus, to budget cuts to slow ticket sales.

Officials of the lab said Friday they expected “operations to return to normal in July.” Brazil’s anti-doping authority, known as ABCD and run by the sports ministry, shared the same view.

Dubi said it was up to WADA to send in experts and restart the accreditation process. He did not offer a timeframe.

The Rio lab was recertified earlier this year after being put on a watch list last year by WADA.

Dubi said enough time remained to recertify the lab, though he hedged when asked if testing would be done in Brazil.

“Hopefully,” he replied.

Dubi acknowledged shipping thousands of samples abroad was not ideal. This is the same way testing was done for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.

“Of course it is not as easy as if you can do the testing here, because then you have the whole logistics around it,” Dubi said. “But that’s what the experts have to evaluate. What is essential is that at games time we can guarantee the integrity of the testing.”

The IAAF referred to a “systematic and deeply-rooted culture of doping” in Russia. Kenya, home of many of the world’s top distance runners, has also been hit by dozens of positive drug cases.

The IOC said last month that over 50 athletes had tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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