News 5th March 2020

Cost of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation tops £200,000 in the UK

The cost of securing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) in the UK has increased from £194,400 during 2017/18 to £210,300, analysis of UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) 2018/19 annual report (PDF below) has revealed. During the 2018/19 year, UKAD published 24 ADRV decisions, up from 23 during the previous year.

The calculation is based on UKAD’s expenditure on sample analysis; legal costs; athlete testing; and intelligence – all areas which are used to secure ADRVs. It excludes expenditure on science and research; education; communications; and ‘Major Games’ (e.g. the August 2018 inaugural European Championships & 2019’s European Indoors, both in Glasgow); as well as costs related to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO). It also excludes £4.33 million in staff costs (UKAD has 68 full time staff).

The amount UKAD spent on sample analysis increased from £1.52 million during 2017/18 to £1.86 million during 2018/19, and athlete testing costs increased from £2.2 million to £2.7 million during the same period. In total, UKAD’s operating expenditure increased by 18.2% from £10.25 million during 2017/18 to £12.17 million during 2018/19. 

This was offset by an increase in income generated by testing athletes for sporting organisations, which increased from £3.1 million to £3.4 million. However, this didn’t prevent UKAD’s net expenditure increasing from £6.7 million during 2017/18 to £8.5 million during 2018/19.

Detail from UKAD’s 2018/19 Annual Report…

UKAD said that increased funding announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the UK Parliament in January enabled it to increase testing (see graphic on right). Nine of the 24 ADRVs secured during the year were intelligence led, down from ten during the previous year. Although UKAD spent £107,000 on intelligence in both 2017/18 and 2018/19, intelligence staff costs increased from £341,000 during 2017/18 to £362,000 during 2018/19.

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