Athletes

What do athletes and athlete support personell need to know about Anti-Doping?

“Every athlete has the right to clean sport!”

Any athlete may be tested in- and out-of-competition, anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice.

The principle of strict liability applies in anti-doping – if it is in the athlete’s body, the athlete is responsible for it.

Athletes’ responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • complying with the WDSF Anti-Doping Rules (in line with the World Anti-Doping Code)
  • being available for sample collection (urine or blood), whether in-competition or out of-competition
  • ensuring that no prohibited substance enters his body and that no prohibited method is used
  • making sure that any treatment is not prohibited according to the Prohibited List in force and checking this with the prescribing physicians, or directly with the WDSF if necessary
  • applying to the WDSF (or national anti-doping organization if the athlete is a national level athlete) if no alternative permitted treatment is possible and a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required (see the WDSF TUE application process)
  • reporting immediately for sample collection after being notified of a doping control
  • ensuring the accuracy of the information entered on the doping control form during sample collection (including stating any medications and supplements taken within the seven days prior to sample collection, and where the sample collected is a blood sample, blood transfusions within the previous three months)
  • cooperating with anti-doping organizations investigating anti-doping rules violations (ADRVs) and
  • not working with coaches, trainers, physicians or other athlete support personnel who are ineligible on account of an ADRV or who have been criminally convicted or professionally disciplined in relation to doping (see WADA’s Prohibited Association List).

Note: during doping control, the athlete must remain within direct observation of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone at all times from when the initial contact is made until the completion of the sample collection procedure. The athlete must also produce identification upon request.

Athletes’ rights include (but are not limited to):

  • during the doping control
    • bringing a representative and, if available, an interpreter
  • requesting and attending the B sample analysis (in the case of an Adverse Analytical Finding) and
  • in the case of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) being asserted, the athlete has the right to a fair hearing and the right to appeal the hearing decision

WDSF Athlete Consent Form is included in the WDSF Anti-doping code.

Athlete Reference Guide to the 2015 Code

Doping Control Video

At-a-Glance: About Anti-Doping leaflet

At-a-Glance: The Doping Control Process leaflet

Play True Quiz

Play True Quiz – Youth Version

Coaches, trainers, managers, agents and other support personnel have a role in defending clean sport and supporting the athletes in the anti-doping processes.