Insight into testing
On these pages you can find out more about how the testing process works.
An athlete who has been notified for drug testing is allowed to have a representative present during this process and Drug Free Sport NZ recommends that they do so.
As a coach, this is a task you may have to perform. Athletes being tested for the first time may be nervous and uncertain but you can reassure them about the process and advise them of their rights and responsibilities.
During drug testing athletes have the right to:
- have a representative (parent, coach or friend) with them
- have an interpreter if required
- ask for additional information about the sample collection process
- request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons (e.g. attending a medal ceremony, further competition commitments, fulfilling media commitments, needing medical treatment)
- request modifications if they have a disability or they’re a minor (under 18 years of age)
- record any concerns or comments they have on the doping control form.
Athletes also have the responsibility to:
- report to the doping control station as soon as possible
- remain in sight of the doping control official at all times
- produce valid identification at doping control
- comply with the sample collection process
- recognise that if you choose to eat or drink before providing a sample, that you do so at your own risk.
Athletes who compete in sports which have agreed to New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules can be drug tested at any time, either in-competition or out-of-competition. Most sports in New Zealand have adopted these rules.
Athletes in Drug Free Sport NZ’s Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or National Testing Pool (NTP) are more likely to be tested. Athletes will be told if they are in one of these pools and will be selected based on their risk profile and that of their sport. You can find out more about the registered testing pools here.
Drug Free Sport NZ collects both urine and blood for testing. Some test results for some athletes are also gathered to form an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) which involves the monitoring of selected biomarkers that may indirectly reveal the effects of doping.
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