Rugby league had the most doping violations of any sport during the last financial year, a new report has revealed.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), which prepares and presents potential doping cases for consideration by the anti-doping rule violation panel and independent sporting tribunals, released its 2009/10 annual report on Wednesday.
During the last financial year, 29 athletes and support personnel were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations and were placed on a formal register.
Eight of them were involved in rugby league, four in bodybuilding, three each in baseball and cycling, two each in powerlifting and weightlifting, and basketball, golf, tennis, surf lifesaving, motorsports, athletics and Oceania Muaythai marital arts notched up one offence each.
Anabolic agents such as testosterone accounted for 13 of the cases, six were attributed to cannabis, four to MDMA, or ecstasy, and three to EPO and human growth hormone.
There were also 29 entries recorded in the register in 2008/09 and 27 in the financial year before that.
ASADA chief executive Aurora Andruska said the authority completed 6606 government-funded and user-pays blood and urine tests in 2009/10, with a focus on detecting human growth hormone.
The authority carried out 7498 tests in 2008/09 and 6637 in 2007/08.
Ms Andruska said ASADA had developed the capacity to detect a new substance, CERA-EPO, as well.