FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, revealed how many doping tests he performed before and during the Tokyo Olympics.
According to FINA, a pre-Tokyo Games testing program took place between January 1, 2021 and the start of the Games. The organization’s goal was to perform 2,000 out-of-competition (OOC) drug tests during this pre-game phase.
It ended up collecting 2,708 samples collected from 839 athletes in 69 countries. Of these events, 1,852 were given out of competition and 148 in competition. The beneficiaries of the test were 51.6% women and 48.4% men.
The vast majority of testing has been done by pool swimmers, divers, water polo players, open water swimmers and artistic swimmers receiving no more than a few hundred per sport.
In comparison, there was 1,950 anti-doping tests carried out in 2016 as part of the preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Notably, Russia was the country with the most out-of-competition tests before the Tokyo Games. The United States followed, followed by Australia, Italy and Brazil to complete the top five nations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the quantity and availability of testing. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, testing in all sports was down 45% in 2020 compared to 2019. For reference, before COVID, there were 4,000 Olympic athletes in Rio who had no doping control records. in the year leading up to the 2016 Games.
Lily king would have been tested more than 20 times since the start of the 2020 shutdown. King has always been a strong supporter of clean sport and, with Ryan murphy, expressed concern that not all countries participating in the Tokyo Olympics were subject to the same standards.
“I would definitely say that some of the countries that weren’t so reliable are probably taking advantage of the time they had without doing any testing,” King said.
Murphy sparked some controversy by expressing concern over whether or not he would compete in a clean field after losing to Russian swimmers in two races.
âIt’s a huge mental drain for me to go all year round as I swim in a race that probably isn’t clean, and that’s what it is,â said Murphy. âPeople who know a lot more about the situation have made the decision that they have made. It frustrates me but I have to swim in the field next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to pressure the people who make the decisions to make the wrong decisions.
There were 763 test samples collected from 472 Olympic athletes during the Tokyo Games, FINA said. Of these, 71.1% were in competition and 28.9% were out of competition, and 51% were taken by male athletes and 49% by women.
âThese numbers show FINA’s serious commitment to ensuring fair competition for all of our incredible athletes participating in the Games,â said FINA President Husain Al-Musallam. âIn this endless but fundamental fight to eradicate doping from our sport, we have counted on the support of the International Testing Agency, our partner in the out-of-competition testing program. On behalf of the athletes and their entourage, we are grateful for this positive cooperation. “