UKAD releases Testing Statistics for first quarter of 2023/24
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has released its latest quarterly testing report covering April to June 2023 (quarter one of 2023/24).
UKAD conducted 2,081 tests during April to June 2023, a consistent level with the same quarter of last year (2,076 tests).
The most tested sports in quarter one of 2023/24 were football, athletics, rugby league, professional boxing and rugby union. Testing also focussed on the build-up to major events including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2023 World Athletics Championships and the Men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 France. This was alongside increased testing for athletes qualifying and preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, less than a year away.
UKAD has an expert team of over 170 Doping Control Personnel (DCP), who are an integral part of UKAD’s Intelligence-led Testing Programme. DCP provide both in- and out-of-competition testing with no advanced notice, following the International Standard of Testing and Investigations.
In UKAD’s previous update in June 2023, the organisation released the final testing figures for the 2022/23 year, confirming a total of 9,294 tests conducted.
UKAD’s testing reports also include information on the number of whereabouts failures, adverse analytical findings, and anti-doping rule violations during the quarter.
April to June 2023 Testing Report Statistics:
Hamish Coffey, UKAD’s Director of Operations, said:
“It is a strong indicator of a healthy Testing Programme to see consistency in the levels of testing. UKAD as the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK has the responsibility of testing more than 40 sports.
I’d like to thank our Doping Control Personnel who provide a world-class service collecting test samples, ensuring individual athletes understand their rights and responsibilities on the Testing Process in clean sport.”
UKAD’s Intelligence-led Testing Programme is a valuable tool in the fight against doping in sport. The Testing Programme is part of a multi-faceted approach which includes education, intelligence and investigations, assuring confidence in clean sport and protecting the integrity of sport.
To read the full report click here.