IOF Anti-Doping Report 2016

Posted on | December 12, 2016 | Category: News, Newsletter

During 2016, a total of 102 In-Competition Doping Controls were performed by the IOF. The tests were spread over 10 different IOF Major Events in SkiO, FootO, MTBO and TrailO. A total of 84 individual athletes were tested, representing 22 different Nationalities.

All but one of these tests produced a negative result. This one test produced an Adverse Analytical Finding for a substance which was covered by a Therapeutic Use Exemption granted to the athlete in question by the IOF Medical Commission, and is therefore not regarded as an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

The IOF has also increased its Out-of-Competition testing programme. So far in 2016, 22 Out-of-Competition Doping Controls have been done by the IOF, representing an 83% increase from 2015. All results of these tests have been negative. The IOF has also introduced the use of the Haematological Module of the Athlete Biological Passport. This work has involved increased cooperation with National Anti-Doping Organisations and the Nordic Athlete Passport Management Unit.

* World Anti-Doping Agency’s Minimum Levels of Analysis(MLA) for orienteering, as specified in the WADA Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis, are 15% ESAs and 5% Human Growth Hormone (GH) and Growth Hormone Releasing Factors (GHRFs). As of 30 September 2016, these numbers stand at 17.7% ESAs and 8.8% GH/GHRF.


WADA have also released their report on the 2015 Anti-Doping Testing Figures.

In reading the 2015 Report, it is important to note that:

  • One single result does not necessarily correspond to one athlete. Results may correspond to multiple findings regarding the same athlete or measurements performed on the same athlete; such as, in the case of longitudinal studies of testosterone.
  • The number of Adverse Analytical Findings in the Report may not correspond with the number of Anti-Doping Rule Violations reported. This is because all results are subject to a results management process, which includes matching results with Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), longitudinal studies, which can result in no case to answer or no sanction.


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