The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games ended on 20 February 2022, and with the recent publication of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Observer (IO) Report, the ITA is now concluding its anti-doping program for the world’s biggest winter sporting event. The report states that the IO Team was “impressed by the anti-doping program implemented for the Beijing Games and congratulates the IOC, the ITA, Beijing 2022, the Beijing Laboratory, the CAS and all other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the anti-doping program and to protecting the integrity of the Games”.
During the Games-time anti-doping operations, more than 3’100 samples were collected, approximately half in- and half out-of-competition, from the opening of the Olympic Villages to the Closing Ceremony. These urine, blood and Dried Blood Spot samples stem from over 2’300 doping controls conducted on 1’600 athletes – which means that over 55% of the participating athletes were subject to at least one doping control. Furthermore, and for the first time in Olympic Games’ history, at least one athlete from each of the 91 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) was tested over the course of the Winter Games.
These results shows that the ITA was able to build on the experience gained during its mission for Tokyo 2020 and the innovations and strategies introduced for the Summer Games to successfully execute its full testing plan despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the demanding circumstances that accompanied it. Almost all recommendations concerning the ITA’s area of responsibility from the Tokyo 2020 IO report were taken into consideration and addressed for the Beijing 2022 anti-doping operations.
Proportionally to the size of the ten largest national delegations that participated in Beijing 2022, typical winter sport nations such as Italy, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland were tested most, followed by the three largest delegations participating: the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Canada and the United States. Cross-country skiing, ice hockey and biathlon were among the winter disciplines with the most doping controls (please see more details in the infographic below).