Russia? 224 cases of British athletes missing drugs tests in last five years

Russia? As controversy over the report by the World Anti-Dopng Authority (WADA) incriminating Russia and its athletes escalates, shocking statistics from the UK Anti-Doping show a spike in missed tests the year before 2012 Olympics by British athletes. 

(18 Jun 2015) – Following the revelation that Mo Farah missed two drugs tests in 2010 and 2011, new data released by UK anti-doping shows the high number of British sportsmen and women missing tests.

Between 2010 and 2014 there were as many as 224 cases of British sportspeople, and sportspeople based in Britain, missing drugs tests, with a noticeable spike in 2011 – the year before the London Olympics.

In 2011, there were 66 cases of British and British-based sportspeople missing tests, including Farah, compared with 43 in 2010, and 40 in 2012.

The scale of athletes in Britain missing drugs tests

YEAR (JAN 1 TO DEC 31) NUMBER OF MISSED TESTS OR FILING FAILURES NUMBER OF ATHLETES ON NATIONAL REGISTERED TESTING POOL
YEAR (JAN 1 TO DEC 31) NUMBER OF MISSED TESTS OR FILING FAILURES NUMBER OF ATHLETES ON NATIONAL REGISTERED TESTING POOL
2010 43 394
2011 66 365
2012 40 361
2013 38 318
2014 37 266

The issue of missing drugs tests predates 2010 of course – Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu was given a 12-month ban for such an offence in 2006 – but it has been put under greater scrutiny by this week’s revelations surrounding Farah.

The two missed tests by the 32-year-old meant Farah came within one missed test of missing the 2012 Olympics, in which he won both the 10,000m and 5,000m gold medals.

Mo Farah came within one missed drugs test of being banned from the Olympics

Farah was also being questioned on Thursday over claims that he missed the tests because he couldn’t here testers knocking on the door of his Teddington home.

The credibility of that suggestion was compromised by information from UK Anti-Doping, which said officials would have been instructed to ring the bell of his home again or knock on the door around once every 15 minutes during the hour in which Farah was required to be available to provide an out-of-competition sample.

• The questions Farah and Salazar must answer

There remains no suggestion Farah has ever doped, and the athlete was backed on Thursday by Quorn, one of his main sponsors.

The food company said today: “As far as we are aware, there is no evidence that Mo has done anything wrong. Mo continues to be an ambassador for Quorn and has our full support.”

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Source: The Telegraph 

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