13 September 2021

Tokyo 2020: ITA succeeded in fully implementing anti-doping program for Olympic Games despite challenging COVID-19 circumstances

• A total of 6,200 collected samples from over 5,000 doping controls, more than one third of the athlete population in Tokyo tested at least once – these are the final figures of the ITA’s anti-doping programme for Tokyo 2020. Six anti-doping rule violations were asserted to this moment as the outcome of the ITA’s testing programme. The vast majority of doping controls were targeted and followed a quality approach based on an extensive risk assessment, performance and available intelligence. The last phase of the ITA’s comprehensive anti-doping programme for Tokyo 2020 is the storage and later reanalysis of samples collected during an in the lead up to the Games.

With the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 ending over a month ago on 8 August 2021, the ITA now concludes the Games-time phase of its anti-doping program for the world’s largest sporting event. Altogether, 6’200 samples were collected both in- and out-of-competition from the opening of the Olympic Village to the Closing Ceremony. These urine and blood samples stem from over 5’000 doping controls conducted on over 4’255 athletes – which means that more than one-third of the participating athletes were subject to at least one doping control. This outcome shows that the ITA was able to fully carry out its original testing plan established before the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the Games despite the challenging and restricting circumstances caused by COVID-19.

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