Friday, July 11, 2014

2013 WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report

Released a few days ago:
In accordance with Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), WADA, acting as a central clearinghouse for Doping Control data, annually publishes statistical reports as reported by the WADA accredited laboratories in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).
The 2013 WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report is represented in four separate reports, namely Laboratory Report, Sport Report, Testing Authority Report and ABP Report-Blood Analysis, and includes analyses by WADA accredited laboratories (in 2013) for in- and out-of-competition Urine, Blood and Blood Passport testing.
Of note:

1. Table 2 of the "Testing Authority Report" (TAR) shows that, in 2013, ITF testing resulted in 2 Atypical Findings and 12 Adverse Analytical Findings. By my count, in 2013, the ITF issued 6 anti-doping violations based on its testing program (2 additional violations came from national anti-doping bodies). This leaves 6 ITF testing adverse findings unaccounted (potential reasons for the difference are the hearing is still ongoing, athlete was exonerated, or athlete had a valid therapeutic use exemption).

2. Table 12 of the TAR shows that the ITF conducted 101 Gas Chromatograph/Carbon/Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (e.g."IRMS") tests (i.e., synthetic testosterone). The samples were split 94 in-competition samples and 7 out-of-competition samples. No adverse or atypical findings.

3. Table 13 of the TAR shows the ITF conducted 123 EPO tests (112 in-comp; 11 out-of-comp). No adverse or atypical findings.

4. Table 14 of the TAR: ITF conducted 139 hGH tests (170 in-comp; 69 out-of-comp). No adverse or atypical findings.

5. Table 47 of the TAR: Shows all tests for tennis across all anti-doping authorities. The ITF conducted 73.7% of all tennis anti-doping controls.

6. Table 41 of the ABP Report: Shows blood passport testing figures for tennis. The ITF collected 263 samples (96 in-comp; 167 out-of-comp). An additional 38 passport samples were collected by other anti-doping agencies for a grand total of 301.


  1. 112 in competition tests for EPO? I thought most athletes since a decade ago know that the effects remain long after you stop getting that into your system. Obviously the tests must also know. What a shame, so many resources wasted.

  2. The "sport" and "testing authority" reports are discordant. Part of this, of course, is that the sport report tennis data includes not only ITF testing, but also testing by other entities (e.g NADOs). However, the "sport" report says there were 0 rHGH reports in tennis, which I presume is simply an error.

    Regardless, what strikes me is....

    1] the persistent preponderance of IC testing in tennis, apart from the bio-passport

    2] Zero rHGH positives IN ALL SPORTS. Either athletes are not using (unlikely, but they might have moved on to another, similar agent), or the assay is not detecting the exogenous substance (again unlikely). That leaves micro-doping successfully as the other possibility.

    SnR, I presume that testing the A and B samples generates a single AAF, and that this doesn't explain the 6 missing tests?

  3. Proof that Nadal ISN'T doping.

    1. Classic case of "being wired from stimulants".

      No, it isn't "OCD". He doesn't do this except when he is playing.

  4. A (sarcastic ?) opinion that Nadal isn't doping.

    1. LOL. This guy could be any member of the tennis media.

    2. Except he's being sarcastic while the media... Not so much.

    3. Original upload on his channel:
      Ha, he’s been sarcastic. I’ve seen some of his other videos are he believes that Nadal is on PEDs. Like he said at the end of the video Nadal is “guilty until proven innocent” ;)

    4. Ok guys I realized he was being sarcastic. What I meant is he could be portraying any member of the tennis media.


    Why is this not surprising?

    1. It's called "survivor guilt".

    2. Cheaters supporting cheaters, or in other words, elite sportsmen supporting elite sportsmen.

      Which is why when a top10-20 players states that tennis is clean, I just laugh.

      Just a small glimpse of player's 'carefully' script about doping:
      "André Agassi, le kid de Las Vegas, a raconté dans sa bio son errance dans l’enfer de la drogue. C’est couillu, non ?
      Oui, sacrément. Et en même temps étrange. C’est beaucoup plus dur de se doper aujourd’hui, c’est très contrôlé.

      Pas du tout ! Le tennis est même l’un des sports les moins contrôlés au monde, 26 fois moins que le cyclisme en 2011 pour vous donner un ordre d’idée. Nicolas Escude affirme que l’ATP cache les contrôles positifs.
      Je ne le crois pas. Ils ont quand même contrôlé positifs deux ou trois mecs au cannabis. Mais jamais de vrais dopés.",928,richard-gasquet-beau-joueur.html

  6. On a different track, there was a good article in the Scotsman the past year about doping. Yesterday's "Daily Record" from Glasgow, had an interesting article about "bogus" prescriptions being called out by a leading Scottish swimming contender for the Commonwealth Games.

  7. Until they blood test all top 100 players monthly, tennis anti-doping is going nowhere.