— Published 17 June 2021

Doping controls are on the rise again


That’s reassuring. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the number of doping controls worldwide has increased in recent months after a long period of decrease because of the sanitary crisis. The latest figures, released on Wednesday, June 16th, reveal that 24,430 samples were collected in May 2021 alone by 152 anti-doping organisations (ADOs), the highest number since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Despite restrictions still in place in some parts of the world, out-of-competition testing is now at a higher level than the same period in 2019. In April 2021, 14,560 out-of-competition tests were conducted, compared to 12,713 at the same time two years earlier. In May, this number increased to 16,149, compared to 13,691 for the same month in 2019. This is the highest number of out-of-competition samples collected in the last 29 months. With less than 40 days to go until the Tokyo Games, the fight against doping thus seems to have returned to its cruising speed.