— Published 28 January 2022

The curves are soaring again

anti dopage

Reassuring. After a long lull in 2020, following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, the fight against doping resumed its cruising speed last year. On Thursday 27 January, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unveiled the figures for the tests carried out in 2021 on a global scale. Last year, a total of 274,254 samples were collected for doping control purposes by 256 national anti-doping organisations (NADOs). In 2020, confinements and the absence of competitions caused these numbers to drop to an all-time low, with only 168,256 samples collected by 207 ADOs. In 2019, the last year before the health crisis, the number of samples taken had reached 305,881. WADA said in a statement that the number of in-competition tests in 2021 was lower than before the pandemic, partly due to fewer international events, but the number of out-of-competition samples collected in the last 12 months was higher than in 2019. Commented WADA President Witold Bańka of Poland: “The latest testing figures show that the anti-doping community has managed to maintain high levels of testing despite a return of severe restrictions in many parts of the world due to Omicron and other variants of the virus. This demonstrates great resilience, collaboration and innovation as we continue to protect athletes in the build-up to next month’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing”.