Testing ramps up at Level 1
As you know, we began a limited testing programme during alert Level 2, working closely in partnership with a small number of sports. This was an important step in the journey as our sporting landscape moved back to some sort of normality. It provided further opportunity for New Zealand to lead the world in clean sport, as many countries have still not started testing again.
With the move to Level 1 on 9 June 2020, the DFSNZ testing programme will step up again. The Level 1 guidelines effectively allow DFSNZ to restart testing athletes in the same way as before COVID-19. We will resume both in-competition and out-of-competition testing.
Some protocols that we introduced under alert Level 2 will continue, such as the use of PPE. We will be asking both the testing team and athletes themselves to maintain good hygiene practices during the testing process.
Our team will also be instructed not to complete testing missions if they are displaying any symptoms of illness. We feel this is prudent given the current COVID-19 environment but also in terms of general winter illnesses.
As much of sport has not yet resumed, we will concentrate on out-of-competition testing. We will be ramping up our in-competition testing as more and more sporting events come back on stream.
Please remember that the WADA guidelines stipulate that athletes can still be tested at any time and any place, and RTP athletes must continue to fulfil their whereabouts obligations.