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Testing

Rights and responsibilities

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If an athlete has a problem with the testing session, they should note their concerns on the paperwork.

Athletes have certain rights and responsibilities when being tested. It is important that athletes know and understand these rights and responsibilities. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, ignorance is no excuse.

Athlete rights

Athletes have the right to:

  • have a representative present
  • have an interpreter, if available
  • ask for additional information about the sample collection process
  • request modifications if you are an athlete with a disability
  • request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons such as:

    • for in-competition testing:
    • perform a warm down
    • compete in further competitions
    • fulfil media commitments
    • participate in a victory ceremony
    • obtain necessary medical treatment
    • obtain photo identification
    • locate a representative and/or interpreter
    • any other exceptional circumstances as approved by the DCO
      for out-of-competition testing:
    • locate a representative
    • complete a training session
    • receive necessary medical treatment
    • obtain photo identification
    • any other exceptional circumstances as approved by the DCO.

 

Athlete responsibilities

Athletes have the responsibility to:

  • remain within direct observation of the DCO or Chaperone at all times from the point of notification by the DCO or Chaperone until the completion of the sample collection procedure
  • produce appropriate identification
  • comply with sample collection procedures
  • report immediately for a test, unless there is a valid reason for a delay.