Wada figures show 'noteworthy' rise in positive drug results

Wada’s 2016 Testing Figures Report marks the second set of global testing data since the revised World Anti-Doping Code came into effect at the start of 2015.

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TORONTO - There was a “noteworthy” rise in the number of positive results from worldwide drugs tests last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said in a report released on Wednesday.

Wada’s report showed banned substances were found in 4,822 samples from 300,565 tests (1.6%) carried out globally last year - up from 1.26% in 2015 when there were 3,809 adverse analytical findings from 303,369 samples.

Wada’s 2016 Testing Figures Report marks the second set of global testing data since the revised World Anti-Doping Code came into effect at the start of 2015.

The figures, which summarise the results of all 2016 samples analysed by Wada-accredited laboratories, also showed there was a relative increase in the number of blood samples collected, to 7.75% in 2016 from 6.98% in 2015.