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India are joint 6th in list of doping violations: WADA report

A view of the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal. File

A view of the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters


India have 69 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV), the same as that of Russia.

India maintained their dubious record of being among top 10 nations with regards to doping violations being joint sixth as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its report as per samples collected in 2016.

But in the latest report published on Thursday, India have 69 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV), the same as that of Russia, a country which has been under intense international scrutiny for years now.

However India can take solace from the fact that they have significantly improved their position to sixth after being third for three years in a row.

For three years in a row from 2013-15, India were ranked third in doping violations.

The last report of 2015 had 117 sportspersons from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.

But dope collection by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has decreased from 5162 samples in 2015 to 2831 in 2016.

Italy topped the rankings of drug cases in 2016, accounting for 147 ADRVs, followed by France (86), United States (76), Australia (75), Belgium (73). Brazil anf Iarn are at joint eighth with 55 ADRVs while South Africa is at 10th with 50.

The number of dope violations for India has reduced but the trend of sports which are mostly under the scanner remain same.

Athletics has 21 offenders, expectedly followed by weightlifting and powerlifting with 14 each. Kabaddi has nine dope offenders while wrestling contributed five. Aquatics, bodybuilding, handball (university), para-athletics, taekwondo and volleyball contributed one each to make it a total count of 69.

“I am happy that the number of doping violatins has decreased and our position has improved though we need to do even more. We focussed more on quality rather than quantity,” NADA DG Navin Agarwal to PTI.

“Our concerted effort has started showing results. We have been focussing at school and college levels and we are doing a lot of awareness and educative programmes. We have a zero tolerance on doping and athletes at a young age should know that he or she cannot escape with doping. He or she will be caught at some stage,” Agarwal added.

The report shows that NADA tested 2831 samples during that year.

The world over also, athletics had more cases than any other individual sport with 205, ahead of bodybuilding with 183. Cycling was third with 165 cases while the drug-tainted sport of weightlifting was fourth with 116.

Football moved up to fifth in the rankings with 79 cases, though the total number of cases was smaller than 2015, when they reported 108 cases.

In total, WADA dealt with 1,595 doping rule violations across 112 sports in 2016, down from 1,929 cases in 2015.

A total of 1,326 rule violations arose from positive drug tests, while the remainder were derived from investigations and evidence-based intelligence, increasingly seen as a key weapon in the war on dope cheats.

“We are continuing to see the impact of intelligence-based testing, an area of increasing focus for the Agency as we strengthen our investigations and intelligence-gathering capacity,” WADA President Craig Reedie said in a statement.

“While in- and out-of-competition testing remains critical to detecting doping, recent events have shown that investigative work is becoming ever more important as we look to protect clean athletes’ rights worldwide,” he added.

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