ASADA refines testing program in light of new government guidelines

24 March 2020

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is continuing to evolve its anti-doping program in response to the changing landscape in world sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While ASADA is still able to conduct critical testing, CEO David Sharpe says we will continue to work with individual sports to identify at-risk testing missions.

Sharpe says it is imperative that testing in sport continues but “it’s important to be flexible”.

“Our testing program is based on an intelligence and a risk-based approach and will be adapted accordingly while prioritising the health of our staff and athletes.”

Athletes are still required to adhere to their whereabouts requirements in the knowledge that they can be tested anywhere, anytime.

ASADA has already implemented its Business Continuity Plan to ensure the essential functions of the organisation remain operational.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working with the Department of Health to inform our response and manage all risks associated with COVID-19.” 

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