November 20 - Ankara's drug testing laboratory is set to have its accreditation reinstated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after it had it suspended last year because of a false positive involving American basketball star Diana Taurasi.
The Turkish Doping Control Centre (TDCC), based at Hacettepe University in Ankara, was stripped of its accreditation in June 2011 after a urine sample provided by Taurasi, a member of the United States teams that won Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008, allegedly showed traces of the banned substance modafinil.
The results led to Taurasi being sacked by her club Fenerbahçe.
But the laboratory later admitted that they had made a mistake and Taurasi was exonerated, reclaiming her place in the US team at London 2012, where she won her third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
But, following a review and having reassured that it has raised its standards, the TDCC is expected to have its accreditation restored in the near future.
"Executive Board members agreed that the Ankara Laboratory's application for reaccreditation proceeds with an immediate accelerated process," said a statement from WADA.
June 2011: Turkish lab in Taurasi scandal is stripped of accreditation by WADA
May 2011: Turkish lab in Taurasi scandal banned by WADA
January 2011: Taurasi facing two-year ban after B-sample positive
December 2010: Double Olympic gold medallist could miss London 2012 after positive drugs test