Blog: Five Olympic rings – five things for athletes to remember
The London 2012 Olympic Games is almost here. For athletes fortunate enough to have the honour of representing Australia, this is no doubt the most exciting event they’ll ever compete at.
Obviously, it would be devastating to have that experience ruined with an anti-doping rule violation.
ASADA has put together a very comprehensive website page at http://asada.gov.au/london2012/ to help athletes know their anti-doping obligations for the 2012 Games.
To ensure athletes going to the Games fully embrace the Olympic spirit of fair play, they need to be aware of five very important points.
- Know that if a substance is banned in-competition, it is banned for the entire period of the Games – from the opening of the athletes’ village to the closing ceremony (16 July to 12 August).
- Know where to check the status of substances.
- Check with Australian Olympic Team Medical staff.
- Check UK medicines on the UK section of http://www.globaldro.com
- Check Australian medicines on https://checksubstances.asada.gov.au
Even medicines with the same brand name can have different ingredients in different countries.
- Know what to do if you need or have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
- If you have a TUE from an international federation, check it will be valid for the entire period of the games.
- If you have a TUE from ASDMAC, check it will be valid for the entire period of the games.
- If you need a TUE, apply for one as soon as possible from AOC team Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Susan White.
All athletes with TUEs need to provide a copy of their TUE to AOC team Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Susan White.
- Know that ALL Australian athletes need to submit Whereabouts information, so the IOC knows where athletes are at specific times.
- If you submit Whereabouts information to ADAMS, continue to do so ensuring it is accurate for the entire period of the Games.
- If you submit Whereabouts information to ASADA,(via AWOS) continue to do so ensuring it is accurate for the entire period of the Games.
- If you do not currently submit Whereabouts information, you will need to submit a reduced whereabouts filing to ASADA (via AWOS).
ASADA is currently contacting all athletes who need to submit Whereabouts information. Check your email, get in contact with us at email@example.com and watch an instructional video on how to submit Whereabouts information.
Not submitting Whereabouts information can lead to a missed test, and possibly result in an athlete being sanctioned. This sanction can be the same as if an athlete tested positive for a prohibited substance or method.
- Know that more detailed information about all of these five points can be found at http://asada.gov.au/london2012/
If you are going to the Games or are a support person of someone going it is vital you familiarise yourself with your anti-doping obligations, so the London 2012 Games is a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
Edited 17 February 2015:
This blog article refers to content on the previous ASADA website. For current information on anti-doping information for athletes visit the relevant page here.