As the world gears up for the 2015 IAAF World Athletic Championships in August and 2016 Rio Olympics, the World Anti Doping Agency bombarded everyone with a report of doping violations that saw Russia top the list.
Athletics, weightlifting and cycling became the most practiced areas of doping among the sportspersons with 280, 252 and 203 violations, respectively.
World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) reported that 1,953 sanctions were passed on for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV), committed in 2013.
The sanctions were delivered to athletes and athlete personnel from 115 countries, spanning around 89 sports and involved positive tests as well as non-analytical investigations.
Russia beat the remaining 88 countries with 225 violations while Turkey came second with 188 and India with 90.
Out of 225 cases that Russia were found guilty of, 42 were in athletics. Of Turkey’s 188 cases 53 breaches were in athletics and 48 in power lifting (weightlifting). And out of 90 cases India have been sanctioned for, 20 were committed by women.
Daily Reporter said that non-analytical investigations take biological passport cases that depend on checking athletes’ blood profiles to find a proof of doping.
The same report has said that after a German television documentary showed the extensive doping and cover-ups in Russia, especially in track and field, WADA formed a three-member autonomous commission in December, 2014 to probe the allegations.
Several race walkers from Russia have been sanctioned for doping in the current years.
Explaining how doping still is a massive threat to the world of sport, Sir Craig Reedie, WADA president said in the WADA report that with almost 2,000 sanctions in a single year and “almost every sport represented, it’s evident that doping still represents a huge threat to modern-day sport.”
He added, “Protecting clean athletes, and upholding the integrity of sport remains WADA’s number one priority.”
Russia has many sporting greats like Tennis player Maria Sharapova, and pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the current world record holder.