2016 Annual Report

SAIDS tests more than 3 800 athletes in year

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) carried out 3 820 anti-doping tests during the year ending March 2016 – an average of more than 10 tests every day. Those tests gave rise to 60 anti-doping rule violations, more than in any previous year in South Africa. The figures are included in SAIDS’s annual report for 2016, which was released this week. The organisation carried out 2914 urine tests from April 2015 to March 2016, another 375 blood tests and 531 Erythropoietin (EPO) tests. The most tested sports were cycling (1006 tests in total), rugby union (753) and athletics (564). Sixteen rugby players – including five minors – were charged for anti-doping rule violations, three cyclists and three athletes. SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant revealed in the report that: “Our Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme has contributed to refining our testing by showing where the risks lie. This has allowed us to shift testing resources to address the risk areas. Close to 32% of all our tests are a consequence of data analysed in the ABP program.” The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has explained the ABP as follows: “The fundamental principle of the ABP is to monitor selected biological variables over time that indirectly reveal the effects of doping rather than attempting to detect the doping substance or method itself.” In other words, a variety of tests are done over time to establish an individual athlete’s biological parameters.   Download PDF