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The World Anti-Doping Code World Anti-Doping Code harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities around the world. It follows eight international standards to ensure consistency among anti-doping organizations across the world.

  • The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)
  • The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
  • The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)
  • The International Standard for the Prohibited List (The List)
  • The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
  • The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS)
  • The International Standard for Education (ISE)
  • The International Standard for Results Management (ISRM)

Cheating has consequences. Basic doping rules are as follows.

  • If athletes are found to have ‘intended to cheat’, he/she will be declared ineligible from competition for up to four years.
  • If an athlete can show no significant fault or negligence, he/she may be declared ineligible for up to two years — or a minimum of one year depending on intention and degree of fault.
  • Presence of multiple substances and multiple violations can increase sanctions beyond four years.
  • Repeated violations can result in a life ban.

Every athlete in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) needs to provide their whereabouts information so they can be available for testing in and out of competition. All athletes in the RTP need to provide accurate whereabouts information every three months.

Athletes should use span Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) to update their whereabouts information. This information must include home address, email address, phone number, work schedule, training venues and training schedule. In addition they must also provide overnight accommodation addresses and competition schedules. ADAMS can and should be used even while travelling or for unplanned emergencies. It will help DCOs find them on any given day.

Provide clear instructions to be easily located. If you live in a rural area, DCOs may need guidance to find you. Fill this in the ‘Additional information’ section on ADAMS. When in competition, always include the competition name and location clearly.

ADAMS also has an SMS service (provided you enter your phone number on your profile) to help update information. Athletes can save the SMS number provided on their website and use it accordingly. They can also use the Athlete Central App submit and update whereabouts information.

If athletes are unable for testing, it is considered a whereabouts non-compliance. Three whereabouts non-compliances — failure to inform accurately or missed tests — may be considered an anti-doping violation and result in sanctions. There are two ways to be served a whereabouts non-compliance.

Filing Failure
Whereabouts must be submitted to NADA by the deadline date. The filing is considered a failure:

  • If it is not submitted by the deadline.
  • If it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • If it does not include all required information. Eg: it omits to declare a regular activity or location athlete is in, during the quarter.
  • If an athlete is not found at the listed location when attempted.

Missed Test
Athletes in the RTP will receive a missed test if they are unavailable for testing during the 60 minute window indicated on their Whereabouts. They are accountable for the entire 60 minute slot and must be available. Even if the DCO does not arrive at the beginning of the time slot, athletes must remain available. They can be notified at any time during the window

Individuals serving bans cannot participate in any capacity in a competition, event, training or any other activity that is organized, recognized and authorized by the relevant national federation or its subsidiary associations.

They cannot, additionally, participate in other sports, or activities and are also banned from coaching other athletes.

Individuals serving bans are still subject to anti-doping rules and can still be tested. Athletes can be tested at any time and in any place and may be asked to provide ‘Whereabouts’ for a duration or for the entire length of their ban.

If an athlete retires during the ban period, but later makes a comeback, they are not eligible for participation unless they inform their NADA, make themselves available for testing and complete the period of ban left when they retired.