What responsibilities does an athlete have during testing

  • Remain within direct observation of the person who is chaperoning them
  • Produce photographic identification when asked (or find someone to verify who they are)
  • Comply with the testing procedures
  • Report immediately for a test, unless they request a delay for a permitted reason

Reasons why an athlete can request a delay to the Doping Control Station are shown below. All requests are at the discretion of the person chaperoning the athlete and the decision will be based on whether the athlete can be effectively chaperoned at all times.

  • Participate in a victory ceremony
  • Fulfill media commitments
  • Compete in further competitions
  • Perform a warm down
  • Complete a training session*
  • Obtain necessary medical treatment*
  • Locate a representative and/or interpreter*
  • Obtain photo identification*
  • Any other exceptional circumstances which may be justified, and which shall be documented*

For out of competition testing, the * reasons apply only.

If an athlete has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping violation then they will be notified in writing.

They will be given advice as to what to do next, their rights and the time frames in which they need to respond. At this point it is likely that the athlete will be suspended from their sport.

An important aspect of anti-doping is athletes’ rights and all athletes have the right to an independent hearing.

Most cases are heard by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) where the national Anti-Doping association will typically present the case against the athlete (the prosecution equivalent) and the athlete has the chance to defend themselves with help if they chose to be represented. In a few sports, cases are managed by the National Governing Body.

The athlete will also have the opportunity to present their case or be represented by someone to do this for them.

All evidence is considered by the panel who will deliberate prior to making a decision and confirming what sanction if any is to be applied.

The athlete then has a right of appeal and may choose to do so within the time frames allowed. After this point, both the national Anti-Doping association and athletes have the right to a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sanctions

You have no doubt heard that athletes receive a ban from their sport for a period of time. This can span from a few months to life ban, depending on the severity of the rule violation and evidence put forward.