Doping Control Tests: Athletes rights and responsibilities

Dr Lucienne Attard

Chairperson Anti Doping

 doping control

All athletes are subject to getting a doping control test at all times, whether it is during competition or not. The athletes has rights when it comes to Doping Control, but he/she also has responsibilities. These are outlined below:


Athlete rights

Athletes may:

  • nominate a representative of their choice to accompany them during the drug test
  • request any information about the drug testing procedure.
  • With the consent of the chaperone, and at all times in full view of the chaperone, an athlete may attend a victory ceremony, compete in further events, finish a training session and do anything else that is reasonable before providing a sample such as receiving necessary medical attention, fulfilling media commitments and warming down.

Any athlete who has a concern with the process is advised to note his/her concerns on the drug testing form and notify his/her relevant sports federation in writing as soon as practicable after completing the drug test.

If the analysis of an athlete’s sample returns a negative test result, they will be notified in writing (if requested) within six-weeks of the test.

If any part of the process concerns the athlete, he or she should record these concerns on the drug testing form and notify their relevant sports federation, in writing, as soon as possible after completing the drug test.

Athlete responsibilities

Athletes must ensure:

  • they are aware of and comply with the anti-doping rules of their sports federation (including the provision of accurate whereabouts information)
  • they comply with drug testing procedures. (Sanctions may be applied if the athlete does not comply with a request to provide a sample)
  • they control the sample until it is sealed in the sample collection equipment
  • the sealed sample collection kit is secure and identified
  • all appropriate documentation is accurate, complete and signed.