Nine cases of sports doping uncovered in Malta last year

National Anti-Doping Organisation uncovered nine cases of sports doping last year, seven of which were found during tests on regatta racers.

Nine cases of sports doping were uncovered by the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in 2015, with a further two sportspersons evading sample collection.

The information was tabled in parliament by employment minister Evarist Bartolo in response to a parliamentary question by Labour whip Godfrey Farrugia.

The vast majority – seven – of the sportspersons who were found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs last year were regatta racers. The remaining two were a futsal player and a boxer.

Bartolo added that a disciplinary hearing will soon hear the cases against the boxer and five of the regatta racers.

NADO conducted a total of 72 anti-doping tests last year, 61 of which were in-competition and the remaining 11 of which were out-of-competition.