ATHLETES’ RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

WHAT DO ATHLETES AND ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL 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):

  • Comply with the IFBB’s Anti-Doping Rules (in line with the World Anti-Doping Code and its International Standards);
  • Produce appropriate identification;
  • Be available for sample collection (urine or blood), whether in-competition or out-of-competition;
  • Ensure that no prohibited substance enters his body and that no prohibited method is used;
  • Make sure that any treatment is not prohibited according to the Prohibited List in force and check this with the prescribing physicians, or directly with IFBB Anti-Doping Commission, if necessary;
  • Apply to IFBB (or national anti-doping organization if the Athlete is a national level athlete), if no alternative permitted treatment is possible, for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if necessary;
  • Report immediately for sample collection after being notified for an anti-doping test;
  • Ensure 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);
  • Comply with sample collection procedures (failure to do so may constitute an anti-doping rule violation);
  • Report immediately for doping control unless there are compelling reasons for a delay.
  • Cooperate with anti-doping organizations investigating anti-doping rules violations (ADRVs); and
  • Do not work 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:
    • Bring a representative and, if available, an interpreter;
    • Ask for additional information about the sample collection process;
    • Request to have at least 3 doping control kits to choose from;
    • Request to have at least 3 sample collection sterilized vessels to choose from;
    • Request to have a translator, if there are difficulties to understand the language used by the Doping Control Officer;
    • Request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons (International Standard for Testing and Investigations Art. 5.4.4); and
    • Request modifications for Athletes with impairments (if applicable).
  • Request and attend 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.