Athlete Rights & Responsibilities

Athletes have the right to :

  • Nominate a representative of their choice to accompany them to the Doping Control Station
  • Request information regarding the sample collection procedure
  • Request a delay in reporting to the Doping Control Station, or leave the Doping Control Station once they have reported, with the consent of a Doping Control Official, while at all time in full view of the chaperone for valid reasons including to :

− Attend a victory ceremony
− Compete in further events
− Finish a training session
− Receive necessary medical attention
− Fulfill media commitments
− Warm down
− Undertake other activities considered reasonable and approved by the Doping Control Officer

  • Request modifications to standard Sample Collection Procedures – this will be recorded on the Doping Control Test Form and only applies to athletes with a disability
  • Request an interpreter if they have (for any reason)

Athletes have the responsibility to :

  • Be aware of and comply with their sports anti-doping policy (including the provision of accurate whereabouts information)
  • Be available for and comply with sample collection procedures
  • Remain in sight of the official at all times until the Sample Collection Procedures are complete (once notified for sample collection)
  • Report to the Doping Control Station as soon as practical or within 60 minutes
  • Whichever is sooner after being notified that they are required to provide a sample
  • They control the sample until it is sealed in the sample collection equipment
  • The sealed sample collection kit is secure and identified
  • All appropriate documentation is accurate, complete and signed
  • Be aware of which substance are prohibited

Support persons are responsible for :

  • Being knowledgeable of and complying with all anti-doping policies and rules
  • Applicable to them or the athletes whom they support
  • Supporting and assisting Anti-Doping Organizations to conduct Doping Control
  • Using their influence on athlete's values and behaviour to foster anti-doping attitudes

Fairness is crucial for anti-doping and this applies not just to the process but also for athletes who are subjected to it. Athletes can ask:

  • To be accompanied by a representative and/or interpreter of their choice
  • To hydrate (unless the sample provided does not meet the requirement for suitable specific gravity for analysis)
  • For a delay for valid reasons listed below
  • For additional information about the sample-collection process
  • Request modifications if they have a disability.
  • Document any concerns they have with the process.

They have a responsibility to:

  • Always remain in observation of the officer or volunteer, after being notified, till the sample is collected
  • Produce identification
  • Comply with the procedure

Athletes with disabilities

To ensure that testing remains a fair and positive experience for all athletes, NADA allows those with disabilities the following modifications during the testing process. In addition to these, they enjoy all the other rights and responsibilities too.

Visual disability

  • Notification, sample splitting and paperwork will be done in the presence of a representative selected by the athlete.
  • During sample collection, the athlete can request a representative to be present along with the DCO.

Physical disability

  • You can request assistance to provide the sample. And a representative to sign documentation if unable to do so.
  • If notified for a urine sample, and you have a catheter or drainage system, you must provide the equipment yourself, under the DCOs observation.
  • If you do not have a representative then the DCO may assist you during sample collection.

Intellectual disability

  • You must have a representative with you throughout the testing process.
Page last modified on: Apr 13, 2020

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