Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Russia and Turkey reported the highest total numbers of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) in 2013, according to a report released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 15 June. However, Turkey leads in terms of total ADRVs compared to tests carried out by its national anti-doping organisation. It reported 188 ADRVs from 1,527 samples, meaning that 12.3% of samples analysed by its NADO resulted in an ADRV. Russia reported a total of 225 ADRVs in comparison to 14,582 samples taken by its NADO (1.54%).
For most other countries, the number of ADRVs was somewhere between 0.2% and 3% of the number of tests conducted by that country’s NADO. Under WADA guidelines, NADOs are responsible for conducting testing of athletes in and out of competition. Turkey’s NADO was established in 2011, however in 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed the accreditation of Turkey’s anti-doping laboratory, however reinstated it in May this year.
In terms of total ADRVs, France returned 108 ADRVs, closely followed by India, Belgium and Italy, as our infographic shows. However, France’s 108 ADRVs resulted from 7,599 samples (1.4%); Belgium’s 94 ARDVs resulted from 1,255 samples (7.5%); and Italy’s 83 ADRVs resulted from 6,816 samples (1.2%). In comparison, China’s anti-doping agency (CHINADA) took 13,364 samples in 2013, returning just 34 ADRVs (0.25%).
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) analysed 4,848 samples in 2013, returning 23 ADRVs (0.5%); Jamaica returned nine ADRVs from 294 samples (3%); and Kazakhstan returned 47 ADRVs from 2,451 samples (1.9%). As reported yesterday, 0.81% of the samples analysed by WADA-accredited laboratories resulted in an ADRV. More analysis of WADA’s 2013 figures will follow on the Sports Integrity Initiative today.
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