MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Russian track and field athletes were the most tested for performance enhancing drugs in the first quarter of the year compared to other sports, according to a report from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
The report states that in January, February and March a total of 481 national track and field athletes have undergone doping testing.
National weightlifters were second most tested within the same period and their number stands at 139, according to the report.
RUSADA inspectors also collected doping samples of 97 cross country skiers and 73 biathletes in the first three months of the year.
According to a report on RUSADA’s work in 2017-2018, delivered by RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus on March 11 at the annual session of the iNADO (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations) in Lausanne, the Russian agency initiated 145 cases in 2018 regarding the violations of anti-doping rules.
In 2017, the agency opened 57 cases on the same violations and closed 52 of them. A total of 98 violations by athletes of availability rules were registered in 2017.
The report also stated that RUSADA’s doping control inspectors collected a total of 14,693 doping samples over the previous two years (6,196 in 2017 and 8,497 in 2018).