The figures come from WADA’s third annual ADRVs Report, which is the first set of statistics under the revised World Anti-Doping Code. An ADRV is a doping offence committed by an athlete or athlete support person, which results in certain consequences or sanctions.
The remaining 280 non-analytical ADRVs were issued as a result of evidence-based intelligence; of which, 252 were committed by athletes and 28 by athlete support personnel. This represents an increase in non-analytical ADRVs, which WADA said is in line with the anti-doping movement’s increased focus on investigations, intelligence-gathering and whistleblowing.
Russia was held accountable for 176 ADRVs, 48 in athletics, 32 in weightlifting and 27 in powerlifting. Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov last month targeted November for the return to compliance of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
Speaking at WADA’s annual symposium in Lausanne, Kolobkov said Russia would “work diligently” towards a clean culture and detailed what he said was progress on restructuring its anti-doping system.
WADA president Craig Reedie said: “What is particularly striking about this 2015 ADRVs Report is we are beginning to see the first signs of the impact of the revised Code, in particular a significant increase in intelligence-based anti-doping rule violations, an area of increasing focus for the Agency as we strengthen our investigations and intelligence-gathering capacity. Whilst testing remains vital to detecting doping, recent events have shown that investigative work is becoming ever more important as we look to protect clean athletes’ rights worldwide.”