The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released its 2016 Annual Report today. The report outlines the successes and initiatives USADA has taken on last year both globally and domestically. From partnering with countries to develop anti-doping reforms to managing the first comprehensive independent anti-doping program in professional sports (UFC), USADA done a lot to curb doping in sports.
To help educate athletes and coaches, USADA maintains the Supplement 411 High Risk List. The list currently includes 274 total products from the five prohibited classes of compounds.
On page 25, USADA discusses Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs). In 2016, 494 TUE applications were submitted in which 398 were granted. The other 96 were denied.
Beginning on page 36, USADA summarizes its testing by sport in 2016. In total, USADA conducted 12,756 tests with almost 70% coming from out-of-competition testing. The most tested sport was track and field with 2,786 tests. Weightlifting was down on the list in 6th with 478 tests.
Of those, USADA found 137 potential doping violations, of which 35 resulted in a sanction, 33 were still pending going into 2017 and 66 resulted in no violation. The 35 sanctions was a 50% increase over 2015.