FINA Reveals Anti-Doping Test Numbers for Tokyo Olympics

by Matthew Harder 7

August 28th, 2021 Anti-Doping, News, Tokyo 2020

FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, revealed how many anti-doping tests it conducted in the lead-up to and during the Tokyo Olympics.

According to FINA, a Tokyo Pre-Games Testing Programme was held between January 1st, 2021 through the start of the Games. The organization’s goal was to conduct 2000 out-of-competition (OOC) drug tests during this pre-games phase.

It ended up collecting 2,708 samples collected from 839 athletes that spanned 69 countries. Of those tests, 1,852 of them were given out of competition and 148 in competition. Test recipients were 51.6% female and 48.4% male.

The vast majority of tests were completed by pool swimmers, with divers, water polo players, open water swimmers and artistic swimmers receiving a few hundred per sport at most.

In comparison, there were 1,950 OOC drug tests completed in 2016 in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.

Notably, Russia was the country with the most out-of-competition tests leading up to the Tokyo Games. The United States was next, followed by Australia, Italy, and Brazil to round out the top five nations.

The COVID-19 pandemic had an effect on the amount and availability of tests. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, testing across sports was down 45% in 2020 compared to 2019. For reference, pre-COVID, there were 4,000 Olympic athletes in Rio that had no record of a drug test in the year leading into the 2016 Games.

Lilly King had reportedly been tested over 20 times since the start of the 2020 shutdown. King has historically been an outspoken advocate for clean sport, and along with Ryan Murphy, expressed concern that all countries competing at the Tokyo Olympics were not being held to the same standards.

“I would definitely say some of the countries that have not been as trusted are probably taking advantage of the time that they had without testing,” King said.

Murphy stirred up some controversy by expressing his concern about whether or not he’s competing in a clean field after losing to Russian swimmers in two races.

“It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean, and that is what it is,” Murphy said. “The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me but I have to swim the field that’s next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions.”

There were 763 test samples collected from 472 Olympic athletes during the Tokyo Games, FINA said. Of those, 71.1% were in competition and 28.9% were out of competition, and 51% were taken by male athletes a 49% by females.

“These numbers show the serious commitment from FINA in ensuring a fair competition to all our amazing athletes competing in the Games,” FINA President Husain Al-Musallam said. “In this endless but fundamental fight to eradicate doping from our Sport, we have counted on the support of the International Testing Agency, our partner in the out-of-competition testing programme. On behalf of the athletes and their entourage, we are grateful for this positive co-operation.”

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1 year ago

Mack Horton and Duncan Scott reveals the kangaroo court of Olympic/World Championship swimming.

Spitting Facts
1 year ago

I think it’s an absolute joke that Russian athletes were allowed to compete in team competition…absolutely insane…ROC is not a country! What is stopping from Dressel, Chalmers, etc from declaring themselves as an independent country and killing everyone in the 4*100 freestyle relay in Paris…the IOC is corrupt as hell!

1 year ago

Murphy sounds a lot like Carl Lewis who was eventually outed. Wanna be above speculation? Don’t be competitive when plenty of people are doping

Reply to  JEREMY Shawn MOORE
1 year ago

Russian bot

Reply to  JEREMY Shawn MOORE
1 year ago

I mean I have no hate for Russian people and I am a big fan of many Russian swimmers, I was devastated Chupkov didn’t win after owning the 200 Breast for 4 years, but the fact is WADA recommended they be withheld from the games.

Their testing labs and RUSADA were proven to be compromised. So CAS ruling that Russian athletes who have no positive tests should be able to compete is kind of ridiculous no? It’s like declaring someone innocent of a crime based on evidence that you know for a fact is fabricated or tampered with.

It’s a shame but with Russia we don’t know who is clean and who isn’t. I’ll give people that have longevity… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Riccardo
Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago

When I look at a group of swimmers and have to guess who is juiced, my deduction goes something like this : It must have, been someone that fits the profile:
– someone with TUE
– veery shredded guy (muscular)
– shows up every few years
– WR record holder
Russian backstrokers do not fit these requirements, but some others do. Hmmm… Mirror, anyone?

Reply to  yinz
1 year ago

Murphy has been in the testing pool since he was 16 so its kind of ridiculous to think he’s juiced. “Shows up every few years” just patently does not apply to him though, that’s just a lie. He’s made every international final he’s eligible for since 2015, maybe not with his best performances but he’s been in there.

The other things you list just make it clear you don’t understand PEDs for different sports. Someone breaking a world record out of nowhere would be suspicious. Someone who has gone 52 low 30+ times going 51 high isn’t exactly that.

People think Russians taking Meldonium because it wasn’t banned wasn’t cheating as if that’s not exactly how state sponsored… Read more »