News 21st April 2021

Anti-Doping Switzerland reports nine sanctions in 2020

Anti-doping tests in Switzerland…

Anti-Doping Switzerland has reported nine doping sanctions during 2020, 0.6% of the 1,538 doping tests it conducted during the year. Sanctions ranged from a warning to a four year ban. Seven cases involved the use, attempted use or possession of anabolic steroids or metabolic modulators, one case involved use of various anabolic steroids, and one case involved erythropoietin (EPO). 

In three cases, Anti-Doping Switzerland lodged formal complaints with law enforcement due to suspected commercial trading of doping substances. Twenty eight ‘whistleblower’ reports were received during the year, one of which resulted in a follow up test revealing an adverse analytical finding (AAF), resulting in disciplinary proceedings.

Seizures of doping substances by Swiss authorities…

Despite the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Anti-Doping Switzerland said that the 1,538 tests represented 76% of the 2,017 doping controls it carried out in 2019. Perhaps unsurprisingly, only 389 of the tests carried out in 2020 were in-competition. Athletics, cycling, football, and rowing made up the most tested sports during 2020.

One hundred and nine reanalysis procedures were carried out on 87 ‘specially selected’ blood and urine samples held in long term storage during the year, dating from 2012 to 2016. All came back negative.

Sixty four therapeutic use exemption (TUE) applications were received during the year, 34 of which were not needed. Thirty applications were assessed and three refused. Thirty five ‘whereabouts’ warnings were issued during the year, 32 of which involved a first warning and three of which involved a second warning. No athletes were sanctioned for a ‘whereabouts’ anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) during 2020.

Funding remained unchanged during the year. Anti-Doping Switzerland received CHF2.73 million (€2.47 million) from the Swiss government and CHF1.9 million (€1.7 million) from the Swiss Olympic Committee. Expenditure was lower due to Covid-19, leading to a CHF592,000 (€536,732) surplus.

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