The World Anti-Doping Agency has released a report listing the top 10 nations with maximum drug offences in 2014 and Australia is on the seventh spot with 49 recorded doping offences.
WADA found that Australia has been involved in 49 cases of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) last year. The count included 20 in rugby league, nine in bodybuilding, four in life-saving, three in athletics, two in Australian rules for football, two in cycling, among others. Russia was on the top of the list with 148 out of 1,693 drug offences, Italy second with 123, and India placed third with 96 offences. On the other hand, Belgium, France and Turkey landed the fourth, fifth and sixth positions with 91, 91, and 73 doping offences.
WADA Director General David Howman said that the report is strictly evidence-based. The conventional drug tests performed to get the analytical findings resulted in the discovery of the most drug-influenced sports nations. Howman claimed the latest report highlighted “the increasing importance of non-analytical approaches to anti-doping.” “The report also reminds us of the importance of values-based education to prevention and risk minimisation,” the director general said.
South Korea’s 43 drug offences are the last on the top 10 WADA list preceded by Brazil with 46 and China with 49 doping allegations. According to the ABC, the nations accounted for maximum and worst offences relating to athletics and bodybuilding, resulting in over 400 violations. Among 109 countries taken into consideration for finding out the top 10 among them, 83 sports were found to have been influenced by anti-doping rule violations.
The Strait Times reported doubts regarding Russia’s eligibility in participating in the Rio Olympics 2016 after garnering the top spot on the top 10 ADRV offences. Russia was next to the United States in the 2012 Olympics in the medals won for events. However, the nation is required to convince the International Association of Athletics Federations regarding its efforts in improving its anti-doping operations to ensure it can participate in the 2016 Olympics.