Cycling had the eighth largest number of doping cases in 2020, according to the 2020 Cycling Reliability Scale.
Sport fell three places from fifth in the previous year and rose from thirteenth place in 2018 in the annual ranking of doping issues by sport issued by the Monetary Policy Committee.
18 cases of doping were recorded while cycling in 2020, up from 113 in track and field racing to the top of the list, and 50 weightlifting cases came second.
These 18 cycling cases account for roughly half of the total of 32 cases last year, and the MPCC says 2019 has been a “tough year” for cycling, after seeing its cases double from 2018 figures.
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Equestrian, mixed martial arts, tennis and baseball were other sports that experienced more doping cases, such as cycling, rugby and swimming.
The MPCC also showed cases by country, with the United States registering the largest number of cases, 76, followed by Russia with 42, while in Europe Italy and the United Kingdom were the countries most affected by doping in 2020.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPCC) says the drop in positives must be countered with caution, as the coronavirus epidemic has made doping controls more difficult to regulate than last year, further complicating how it interprets its latest metric, which was published for the seventh year. In a row.
In addition to the inability of WADA and national federations to implement as many controls outside of competition as in previous years, the large number of canceled events has also seen a decrease in the number of tests within the competition. This resulted in an 18.6% decrease in positive testing in all sports compared to 2019 and a 30% decrease from the 2018 figure.
However, there is some good news, as 2020 has seen some few positives in WorldTour since its inception in 2005.
The MPCC said: “We conclude this 2020 report with an encouraging number: of suspected cases of doping, only three (men) passengers belong to the WorldTour or ProTeam (there were 8 in the last year).” This number hasn’t been very low since WorldTour was created 15 years ago. “