Cape Town - The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has released their anti-doping tests and announced that 678 competitive swimmers have been tested since the start of 2016.
In March, FINA said that they would take a robust approach towards anti-doping procedures involving Russian swimmers after finding that over 40 professional Russian athletes have failed drug tests over the past decade.
This led to the swimming federation releasing their anti-doping statistics, which showcases month-by-month which swimmers have been tested and the type of tests. The various tests and analyses consist of urine samples and blood samples for analysis.
According to Inside the Game website, over 45 percent of the 1427 unannounced out-of-competition doping tests took place since May.
The countries with the most tests:
Russia – 226
China – 201
United States of America – 92
Brazil – 91
South Africa – 9
Tests done per sport:
Water Polo: 163
Open Water: 96
Synchronised swimming: 72
Four South African swimmers have been tested so far with all tests negative.
Olympian Chad le Clos has taken four blood and urine tests, alongside Cameron van der Burgh and Devon Myles Brown each with two, and Giulio Zorzi with one.
Other notable swimmers to be tested include American Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Brazilian Felipe Franca da Silva.
FINA will continue taking the 10 best-performing athletes in each event in swimming, until the end of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.