CHENNAI:India may not be great at the Olympics but they have retained third place in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) annual Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) report for 2015. Out of more than 5000 samples tested, a total of 117 returned Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) by Indian athletes. Russia (176) and Italy (129) occupy the first two places on the ‘podium’.
Weightlifting, which has enjoyed a chequered past with regard to doping, continues to inflate the numbers with a total of 56 ADRVs, including 49 (28 men and 21 women) during in-competition testing. That is a massive 24 per cent of all positive weightlifting tests that WADA processed in 2015. Athletics, another bugbear for administrators, is in second place, with 21 ADRVs. Interestingly, all the 117 ADRVs were of urine samples. In all, 15 disciplines had at least one ADRV.
In 2013 as well as 2014, India were third in the list of ADRVs, so it’s fair to say they have made no progress with respect to eliminating doping.