Anti-Doping – increasing number of tests

At the end of October 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), released a statistical report for the year 2016.

This annual report gives a general overview of Anti-Doping activities within all sports, including orienteering. The extensive report provides testing figures from all WADA accredited laboratories, showing both the IOF’s and other anti-doping organizations’ testing statistics.

During 2016, a total of 130 samples were collected in tests issued by the IOF. 104 samples were taken in-competition and 26 out-of-competition.

More than 96 % of the samples were urine and the rest were blood samples.

In-competition tests were spread over 10 different IOF Major Events in SkiO, FootO, MTBO, and TrailO. A total of 84 individual athletes were tested, representing 22 different nations.

Comparing with 2015, the IOF almost doubled the number of Doping Controls in 2016, going from 66 samples in 2015 to 130 samples in 2016.

As a result of the new financing and management method for Anti-Doping work, the total costs of testing however rose by less (ca 50%, from 42 TEUR in 2015 to 62 TEUR in 2016).

For 2017, the full WADA report including other Anti-Doping organisations’ testing figures will not be published until late 2018. However, the IOF testing figures for the full year are known. During 2017, The total number of samples decreased somewhat to 107. Even so, the number of out-of-competition samples increased to 40, or 37% of all samples. The total cost of Anti-Doping testing stayed at approximately the same level as in 2016 (60 TEUR in 2017) and is slightly higher than the funding income received from Athletes License and Organisers’ contributions (59 TEUR). The increase in the cost per sample is due to the increase in out-of-competition testing and the inclusion of a higher number of blood tests to be able to establish Athletes Biological Passport monitoring. These are 2 important elements of the IOF Anti-Doping strategy which was revised in 2015.

In 2016, the total number of samples taken within Orienteering was 402 (compared to 358 samples in 2015). 272 tests were issued by 17 different National Anti-Doping Organisations (292 tests by 20 NADOs in 2015). National Anti-Doping Organisations took 142 in-competition samples and 130 out-of-competition samples. 14 samples were blood and the rest were urine samples.

Samples Analyzed and Reported by Accredited Laboratories in ADAMS, 2016:

Unfortunately, almost half of samples taken by NADO’s were uncategorized by disciplines, so the sample data per orienteering discipline is not reliable.

The full statistical report for 2016 can be found here.


2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now in force

The 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List), which was first published on 29 September 2017, entered into force on 1 January 2018.

To view the changes made in the 2018 Prohibited List as compared to the 2017 version, please see the 2018 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes.