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Sports: Drugs

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publicly-funded athletes in the Olympic disciplines have missed two out-of-competition drug tests. (155311)

UK Sport, the national anti-doping agency, does not disclose information on specific numbers of athletes who have missed drug tests under the Whereabouts system, nor the number of ‘strikes’ they have received. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, UK Sport is obliged to report specifically on doping violations for individual athletes, and missed tests are not defined as a violation until three have been recorded.

UK Sport does annually report the total number of missed tests across all sports on the national anti-doping programme. In 2006-07, the figure was 126.