NADA claims more tests done in 2017

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has claimed that it has done more tests in 2017 as compared to the previous year.

NADA had collected 5162 samples in 2015, 4340 in 2014, 4274 in 2013 and 4168 in 2012.   -  AP

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has claimed that it has done more tests in 2017 in comparison to the previous year.

Facing criticism for gathering less number of samples, NADA in a statement on Thursday said, “The anti-doping testing figures released by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the year 2017 indicates a seven per cent increase in the number of tests carried out by NADA India as compared to the previous year.”

In 2016, NADA collected 2831 samples, including 2699 urine samples, and had 73 positive results while in 2017 it gathered 3174, including 2964 urine samples, out of which 71 tested positive.

NADA had collected 5162 samples in 2015, 4340 in 2014, 4274 in 2013 and 4168 in 2012.

Referring to 2017 testing figures, NADA patted itself on its back for collecting 401 samples in international events “which also marks a significant increase as compared to the previous year when only 328 samples were collected.”

It said, “During 2017, 210 blood samples were tested as against 132 in 2016. This marks a 69% increase in the blood samples collected by NADA.”

NADA also claimed that “the percentage of out-of-competition tests conducted by NADA for urine samples stood at 49 during 2017, which is higher than the 46% for all NADOs globally. For blood samples, the out-of-competition testing during 2017 stood at 68% for NADA.”

According to the statement, NADA conducted more number of tests using various scientific methods.

“The stringent measures adopted by NADA to ensure that no dope cheat escapes the testing dragnet, coupled with extensive anti-doping awareness-cum-education programmes, have resulted in decrease in the incidence of doping from 2.6% in 2016 to 2.2% in 2017.”