Doping Control Process

 

The stages of the doping control:

  • A urine or blood sample can be collected on a gymnast anytime and anywhere for doping control.
  • The gymnast will be notified by a doping control officer (DCO) or chaperone appointed for the doping control. The gymnast will be asked to sign a form confirming that he/she understands his/her rights and responsibilities.
  • The gymnast will report to the doping control station as soon as possible.
  • The gymnast will choose a collection vessel from the selection provided.
  • The gymnast will provide a minimum amount of 90 ml of urine.
  • The gymnast will disrobe from knees to navel and from his/her hands to elbow to provide an unobstructed view of the passing of the sample
  • A DCO or chaperone (of the same gender as the gymnast) will observe the gymnast during the sample production.
  • The gymnast will choose a sample collection kit from the selection provided. He/she will split the sample in the A and B bottles. Start by pouring urine up to the line in the B bottle and then fill the A bottle and leave a small portion in the collection vessel.
  • The gymnast must seal the A and B bottles.
  • The DCO will measure the specific gravity of the sample to ensure it is not too diluted to analyze. If it is too diluted, the gymnast may be required to provide additional samples.
  • The gymnast will complete the doping control form by :
    • Providing personal information.
    • Noting any substances he/she may be taking, prescription medication, over the counter medication and supplements.
    • Noting concerns or comments, if he/she has any, about the doping control.
    • Confirming the information, recorded numbers and sample code are correct.
    • Signing and receiving his/her copy of the doping control form.
  • Samples will be sent to a WADA accredited laboratory in strict confidentiality and will be tracked to ensure their security.
  • The A sample will be analyzed and the B sample will be securely stored for a further testing if required. The laboratory will send the results to the responsible anti-doping organization (ADO) and WADA.

Video on a doping control to know better the doping control procedure: