Testing

Testing is an important part of any effective anti-doping program and the area that most often comes to mind when thinking about anti-doping. From test planning and collection of a urine or blood sample, through the results managements process, SAIDS provides a thorough program, with policies and procedures in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the WADA International Standards and the SAIDS Anti-Doping Rules.

Registered Testing Pool

The whereabouts information is essential to anti-doping programs and to show a top-level athlete’s dedication to doping-free sport. It will not only protect you as a 100% clean athlete, but it will also protect the integrity of sport.

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Athlete Biological Passport

The fundamental principle of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is to monitor selected biological variables over time that indirectly reveal the effects of doping rather than attempting to detect the doping substance or method itself.

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Athletes & Support Personnel Roles & Responsibilities

It is important for athletes and athlete support personnel (ASP) to thoroughly understand their roles and responsibilities regarding anti-doping – as detailed in ARTICLE 22 of the SAIDS Anti-Doping Rules:

Roles and Responsibilities of Athletes 

  • To be knowledgeable of and comply with these Anti-Doping Rules. 
  • To be available for Sample collection at all times. 
  • To take responsibility, in the context of anti-doping, for what they ingest and Use. 
  • To inform medical personnel of their obligation not to Use Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods and to take responsibility to make sure that any medical treatment received does not violate the Anti-Doping Rules. 
  • To disclose to their International Federation and to SAIDS any decision by a non-Signatory finding that the Athlete committed an anti-doping rule violation within the previous ten (10) years. 
  • To cooperate with Anti-Doping Organisations investigating anti-doping rule violations.

Roles and Responsibilities of Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) 

  • To be knowledgeable of and comply with these Anti-Doping Rules. 
  • To cooperate with the Athlete Testing program. 
  • To use his or her influence on Athlete values and behaviour to foster anti-doping attitudes. 
  • To disclose to his or her International Federation and to SAIDS any decision by a non-Signatory finding that he or she committed an anti-doping rule violation within the previous ten (10) years. 
  • To cooperate with Anti-Doping Organisations investigating anti-doping rule violations. 
  • ASP shall not Use or Possess any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method without valid justification. 

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What happens if an athlete tests positive or face an Anti-Doping Rule Violation?

The process is called “Results Management” and there is a specific International Standard for Results Management that sets out the core responsibilities of Anti-Doping Organizations with respect to Results Management. In addition to describing certain general principles of Results Management (section 4), this International Standard also sets out the core obligations applicable to the various phases of Results Management from the initial review and notification of potential anti-doping rule violations (section 5), through Provisional Suspensions (section 6), the assertion of anti-doping rule violations and proposal of Consequences (section 7), the Hearing Process (section 8) until the issuance and notification of the decision (section 9) and appeal (section 10). 

The WADA CODE makes specific provisions for the Results Management Process – the following articles in the CODE are of specific relevance: 

  • Code Article 2 Anti-Doping Rule Violations 
  • Code Article 3 Proof of Doping 
  • Code Article 5 Testing and Investigations
  • Code Article 7 Results Management: Responsibility, Initial Review, Notice and Provisional Suspensions
  • Code Article 8 Results Management: Right to a Fair Hearing and Notice of Hearing Decision 
  • Code Article 9 Automatic Disqualification of Individual Results 
  • Code Article 10 Sanctions on Individuals
  • Code Article 11 Consequences to Teams 
  • Code Article 13 Results Management: Appeals 
  • Code Article 14 Confidentiality and Reporting 
  • Code Article 15 Implementation of Decisions 
  • Code Article 20 Additional Roles and Responsibilities of Signatories and WADA

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