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from Eurosport:

Cycling produced the most failed drugs tests of any Olympic sport, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2005 report. WADA found that with 3.78% positive tests, cycling ranked just slightly higher than baseball (3.69%) with boxing and triathlon third with 3.41%.

Cycling not only had the highest percentage, it also had the most positive tests, 482 out of 12 751 samples. Those numbers include both road racers and mountain bikers.

The most tested disciplines were football (1.46% positive out of 23,478 players) and athletics (1.67% positive out of 20,464 tests).


What is the answer? Do we keep putting our head in the sand and keep saying it's all just a conspiracy?
 

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I am not sure those numbers are significant due to the differences in drugs used in the sports. The availability of designer steroids that are not currently detectable could explain the lower positive rates in the other sports where they are of more use than in cycling. The phenomenally low rate of positives across the board is also is more likely to indicate the ease of masking the doping used in the various sports rather than anything about the actual rate of use.

There still seems to be a lack of standardization in testing despite WADA's involvement. When X-country skiing went to the Olympics they all got caught yet in the normal course of events they don't seem to test positive. Basketball for sure isn't tested the same because when the Olympics demanded the players submit to the same testing as other sports the NBA said said they wouldn't participate and the demand was quickly dropped.

There are probably also some statistical problems with low base rates of incidence (according to the tests anyway) and statistical significance.
 
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