Last week, news first came that wrestler Jenny Fransson had tested positive for the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone. A few days later, there were again doping headlines when the European gold medalist in cross country, Robel Fsiha, was tested positive.
Until his positive doping trial in January, Fransson had not been tested in the next four months.
- We want to test our elite athletes much more often than we do. But we do not have the resources. We have 3,500 tests available per year, and they will be enough for all elite athletes and also outside the elite sport, Åke Andrén Sandberg, chairman of RF's doping commission, told the Radio Sports last week.
According to Andrén Sandberg, the Olympic teams are tested more frequently.Ståhl was tested 22 times
When SVT has asked 20 athletes how many times they have been doped tested in 2019, there are very scattered bursts. The discus world champion, Daniel Ståhl, states that in 2019 he was tested 22 times (in competition context and outside).
The biathlon Hanna Öberg has also been tested frequently. During the season she is tested every competition week and during the summer there is never more than a month between the test events.
- It is important to test continuously and to know that you are being tested. It is important to get rid of the cheaters, she tells SVT Sport."A little worrying"
Five of the 20 respondents state that they were tested on only one occasion in 2019 and two stated that they were not tested at all. Djurgården's Marcus Danielson, who debuted national team in the European Championship qualifying last fall, and national team player in handball Mikaela Mässing, has not been doping tested.
- Not even once last year actually. It's a bit alarming, says Mässing to SVT Sport.