Athlete rights

The Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act

Approved by the WADA Executive Committee, the Athlete Rights Act protects an athlete’s fundamental right to participate in clean sport, promoting health, fairness and equal opportunity for all athletes worldwide.

The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act is based on the 2021 Code and Standards and aims to ensure that all athlete anti-doping rights are clearly set out and accessible in one document with universal applicability. The Act includes rights:

  • during testing missions 
  • to a fair, independent, timely hearing
  • to medical treatment
  • to report concerns without the threat of retribution or retaliation
  • to education
  • to data protection
  • to compensation
  • to B Sample analysis. 

Read the full Act on the WADA website.

Testing rights: a summary

First and foremost, you have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and have your privacy protected, throughout the testing process.

During testing you have the right to:

  • have a representative with you (parent, coach or friend);
  • 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, such as:
    • 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;
  • record any concerns or comments you have on the doping control form.

Your rights in detail