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2020 anti-doping testing numbers a ‘major concern’ says MPCC

2020 anti-doping testing numbers a ‘major concern’ says MPCC

(Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images) Anti-doping testing numbers over the past season are a “great source of worry” according to the Movement for Credible Cycling,…

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(Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images) Anti-doping testing numbers over the past season are a “great source of worry” according to the Movement for Credible Cycling, with the coronavirus pandemic significantly reducing the number of controls that have taken place in 2020.

The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) recorded a 90% fall in out-of-competition tests in the two months following the start of the pandemic, with 12 anti-doping violations recorded in cycling this year. This is fewer than in 2019, but the MPCC is concerned that the anti-doping picture doesn’t seem to be improving.

“Because of the global pandemic, MPCC is fully aware that these figures are altered by a lower number of anti-doping tests carried out through the year. Though, reality can sometimes be unsettling,” the MPCC said .

“Multiple international federations agree with this unpleasant statement. The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) admitted a 90 per cent decrease in the out-of-competition tests during the two months following the start of the pandemic compared to the same period last year.”

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Their statement continues, saying this is a trend seen across all sports except track and field.

“Cycling had to deal with a dozen of cases (two within World Teams), a lower figure than last year at the same time, but still very close to the data of the last five years. This last observation is a great source of worry for MPCC, given the lower number of tests in 2020.” (MPCC) WADA Director General, Olivier […]

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