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Anti-doping statistics continue to raise alarm bells ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games

Anti-doping statistics continue to raise alarm bells ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games

Recently-released anti-doping numbers have raised concerns for the MPCC, the Movement for Credible Cycling. A total of 12 anti-doping violations were recorded in the cycling…

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Recently-released anti-doping numbers have raised concerns for the MPCC, the Movement for Credible Cycling.

A total of 12 anti-doping violations were recorded in the cycling world in 2020. Despite being a lower total than the numbers recorded in 2019, the result “is a great source of worry” for the MPCC given the lower number of tests conducted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Several leading figures in the WorldTour had raised their worries over the slowdown in anti-doping controls this April. With fierce lockdown protocol throughout Europe this spring, surprise testing of athletes took a downturn, leaving many to go untested for several months. This summer, the CADF (Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation) reported a 90 percent drop in out-of-competition tests during the COVID lockdowns.

The MPCC’s statement of warning , released Thursday, comes just one week after the general director of WADA admitted the pandemic had created “holes” in the anti-doping programs of several countries. WADA chief Olivier Niggli told media last week that his organization is redoubling its efforts to close any leaks in its testing programs in the approach to the Tokyo Olympic Games, set for July next year.

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