Milestone 100,000 samples collected by UKAD

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has achieved a significant milestone in its fight to protect clean sport. More than 100,000 samples have now been collected by UKAD as part of the UK’s intelligence-led risk-based testing programme. 

Speaking about the achievement, UKAD Deputy Director of Operations, Hamish Coffey said: 

“We are pleased to reach the milestone of 100,000 samples, which represents the significant contribution UKAD has made to keeping sport clean. During this time UKAD has developed a world-leading testing programme, which focuses our resources where we can best detect and deter cheating in sport.  

To do this, we work closely with colleagues in our Intelligence team, as well as partners across the world, and of course, the commitment of our professionally experienced Doping Control Personnel. We also thank the athletes who have continued to adhere to their anti-doping responsibilities day-in-day out throughout their careers – demonstrating their commitment to clean sport.  

While we’re happy to recognise this achievement, the challenges of clean sport are always evolving, and I know the team will continue to rise to meet those as we work towards the next 100,000 tests.”  

UKAD formed in 2009 as the UK's first independent National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), and collects urine and blood samples from UK athletes wherever they are in the world, and any athlete training and competing in the UK. The testing programme takes place across more than 40 sports and meets the highest standards as set out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 

Find out more about the testing process: The facts - what you need to know about the testing process

Testing is conducted with no advance notice, meaning athletes can be tested any time and any place. UKAD tests to deter those vulnerable to a doping decision and to find those who chose to cheat by using banned substances. 

UKAD's quarterly testing programme reports