— Published 21 December 2021

Cases down, investigations up


Progress? The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its report on anti-doping rule violations for the year 2019. This is the seventh published by WADA, but the last before the global health crisis began. A total of 1,914 anti-doping rule violations were recorded for the year 2019. They involved people of 117 nationalities and 89 different sports. Of these violations, 1,537 were the result of Adverse Analytical Findings. The remaining 377 cases were the result of investigations and intelligence. With a total of 1,914 anti-doping rule violations, the year 2019 marks a slight decline on the doping front (1,923 cases were recorded a year earlier). It is mainly dominated by an increase in the number of non-analytical violations. From 94 in 2018, they rose to a record 377 for 2019, an increase of 34%. WADA Director General Olivier Niggli commented: “Many of these were determined through evidence gathered through intelligence and investigations. It is clear that the work done by WADA’s Intelligence and Investigation Department and investigators from other anti-doping organizations is yielding significant results. The success of WADA’s confidential source platform, Break the Silence, is very encouraging. More and more people with evidence of wrongdoing are coming forward to provide information to our investigators.”