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Nearly 1,600 Athletes Breached Doping Violations in 2016: WADA

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| April 27 , 2018 , 12:49 IST

World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) released a report on Thursday which said that there were nearly 1,600 doping violations in 2016. This involved athletes and support staff of 117 nationalities across 112 sports.

“The 2016 ADRVs report makes for particularly interesting reading in combination with WADA’s 2016 Anti-Doping testing figures report that was published last year,” WADA President Craig Reedie said in a statement.

“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 said a total of 229,514 samples were collected in 2016 and analysed by WADA-accredited laboratories resulting in 1,595 Anti Doping Rule-Violation (ADRVs).

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Of those, 1,326 were derived from adverse analytical findings and the remainder were from investigations and evidence-based intelligence into 248 violations committed by athletes and 21 by support staff.

Of out the doping athletes, 79 percent of them are males and their samples were taken during the competitions.

Athletics topped the list of sports with the highest number of ADRVs on 205 followed by bodybuilding (183), cycling (165), weightlifting (116) and soccer (79).

Rounding out the top nine were powerlifting (70), wrestling (64), rugby union (56), aquatics (35) and boxing (35).

Italy topped the list of countries with the most violations on 147 followed by France (86), the United States (76) and Australia (75).

Russia, whose participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games was restricted following an investigation which uncovered evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping, was tied for sixth with India on 69 ADVRs.