Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency To Increase Number Of Doping Tests In '14
The Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) "is planning to conduct around 500 blood tests annually," according to the KURIER. NADA's goal for '14 "is to expand its biological passport program." The program "is expected to include blood profiles and steroid profiles of 80-100 of Austria's elite athletes." In addition, the number of blood tests "is expected to increase to 500 per year." Federal and state goverments "have increased the agency's funding" by another €200,000 ($276,000) to conduct the increased number of tests. In '13, the NADA "was able to increase its number of tests by about 3.5% in comparison to the previous year." The agency conducted a total of 1,740 tests (1,362 urine tests, 378 blood tests) in '13 (KURIER, 3/21).