12th June 2019

RUSADA announced sanctions against 14 Russians in past month

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) concerning 14 Russians during the past month, with sanctions ranging from eight months to four years and including sports such as shooting, skateboarding and rowing. Three weightlifters, two biathletes and two swimmers, a gymnast, wrestler, sprinter, and a sambo athlete were also sanctioned.

A total of 4,906 doping tests had been carried out in the first five months of 2019, RUSADA told State news agency TASS. During May, 1,078 samples were collected from 961 tests, slightly down from the 1,420 samples collected from 1,133 tests during April. It is understood that RUSADA is planning to collect over 11,000 samples during 2019, rising to 13,000 by 2020.

RUSADA collected 9,502 samples during 2018, a 53.4% increase on the 6,196 samples collected in 2017. This compares to 11,336 collected by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in 2017/18; 9,936 collected by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2017; or 16,351 collected by Germany’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in 2017.

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