The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) 2014 doping offenders list shows India in a bad light, with the nation third on the blacklist, behind Russia and Italy. According to WADA's 2014 Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, Russia have the most number of offenders, as they have accounted for 148 of the 1693 failed tests recorded.
Italy (123), India (96), Belgium (91), France (91), Turkey (73), Australia (49), China (49), Brazil (46) and South Korea (43) round off the top ten of the unwanted list.
India were third on WADA's 2013 blacklist as well. There were as many as 91 sports persons from the country, who tested positive in the above mentioned year. Among the 91 people, who tested positive, only 20 were women.
The numbers have not gone down in year 2014. In fact, we can see a rise of five more sportspersons on that list.
In 2013, it was the first time that WADA had collated such a detailed report of the offenders. Russia topped the list then as well. Turkey, who were second on the list back in 2013, but they have shown some improvement, as they have gone down to the sixth position in the current list.
While India's number of doping offenders marginally increased, the total number of failed tests, however, fell 13% from 2013.
According to WADA's report, athletics and bodybuilding had the most number of violations. Other sports like cycling, weightlifting, power-lifting, football, wrestling, boxing, rugby union and aquatics are also on the list.
The report for the year 2015 will be revealed in 2017 by WADA. The current report was the last one under the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code.
Russia has already been banned from all athletics after WADA found out that there was widespread state-sponsored doping.
The country will now have to convince International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that they have made enough reforms. If the IAAF is convinced, only then will Russia will get a ticket to participate in the Rio Olympics 2016.