An athlete's rights and responsibilities during doping control

If you’re selected for testing, you’ll be advised of your rights and responsibilities.  You’ll be offered a copy of Drug Free Sport NZ’s athlete handbook, which gives you further information about the testing process.    

Going through the doping control process can be unnerving, especially if it’s your first time.  Remember you can have a support person with you and we recommend you do so.

If you’ve been selected for testing, you need to provide a sample. If you fail to do so, it may result in an anti-doping rule violation and a ban from all sport.

Throughout the doping control process you have the right to:

  • have a representative (parent, coach or friend) with you
  • 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 you have a disability or you’re a minor (under 18 years of age)
  • record any concerns or comments you have on the doping control form including concerns you may have.

And you 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.

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