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Classification of risk groups

There are three degrees of risk in all: risk group A (high doping risk), risk group B (medium doping risk) and risk group C (low doping risk). The risk group a certain sporting discipline is allocated to will depend on four criteria as listed below:

Empirical risk

The empirical risk reflects the mathematical doping risk, and is calculated by the positive cases encountered in that sporting discipline plotted against the number of tests and of athletes tested.

Physiological risk

This assessment is based primarily on the potential for increasing physiological properties when using active ingredients or methods included in the prohibited list that have the highest performance-enhancing potential in the sporting discipline concerned.

Public / Medial risk

The higher the reputation and the public interest in a certain sporting discipline in the country, the higher the doping risk will be as well.

Financial risk

The higher the prize monies and salaries are in the sporting discipline concerned, the higher the doping risk will be as well.

The various sporting disciplines are assessed in a matrix against these criteria. In this matrix, the risk criteria are given different weightings, and for each sporting discipline risk points are allocated.

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