THE SPIRIT OF SPORT
Our programs are founded on the intrinsic value of sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as ‘the spirit of sport’: the ethical pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each Athlete’s natural talents. Anti-doping programs seek to protect the health of Athletes and to provide the opportunity for Athletes to pursue human excellence without the use of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods.
Anti-doping programs seek to maintain the integrity of sport in terms of respect for rules, other competitors, fair competition, a level playing field, and the value of clean sport to the world. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind. It is the essence of Olympism and is reflected in the values we find in and through sport, including:
-Ethics, fair play and honesty
-Athletes’ rights as set forth in the World Anti-Doping Code
-Excellence in performance
-Character and education
-Fun and joy
-Dedication and commitment
-Respect for rules and laws
-Respect for self and other participants
-Community and solidarity.
The spirit of sport is expressed in how we play true. Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
Athletes play an important role in preserving sport clean and true. Not taking their responsibilities seriously can lead to anti-doping rule violations, such as a positive test or Whereabouts failure. It is very important for athletes to remember that failing to comply with sample collection procedures can also lead to violations with such serious consequences.
Here’s what athletes and their support personnel need to know about their responsibilities during sample collection, what behaviors may be considered failures to comply, and the consequences for such violations.
Athlete Responsibilities During Sample Collection
While athletes have many rights during the sample collection process, they also have responsibilities under the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). During sample collection, athletes are RESPONSIBLE for:
Athletes must remember that under the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), they may be required to provide a sample at any time and at any place. It is an athlete’s responsibility to be available for testing and comply with the relevant rules.
Failures to Comply with Sample Collection
The Code defines several violations that may result if athletes fail to uphold their responsibilities and comply with sample collection protocols. Under the Code, ARM-NADO is obligated to investigate every report of athlete non-compliance from a Doping Control Officer (DCO).
Under section 2.3 of the Code, it is an anti-doping rule violation to evade, refuse, or fail to submit to sample collection after the athlete is notified that they have been selected for testing.
Under section 2.5 of the Code, it is a violation to tamper or attempt to tamper with any part of the doping control process.
Examples of tampering violations, which are separate from prohibited methods, include:
It is also unacceptable for athletes to verbally abuse, threaten, or otherwise mistreat a DCO. ARM-NADO will review to determine if such behavior constitutes a failure to comply ADRV.
These rules and consequences may apply to athlete support personnel (i.e., coach, parent, agent, etc.). Interfering with the doping control process and/or encouraging the athlete to evade, refuse, and fail to comply with any part of the process could put the athlete’s future in jeopardy and
result in an anti-doping rule violation for support personnel and the athlete.
Consequences for Failures to Comply
Failure to comply with the doping control process may subject athletes to a four-year suspension and other consequences, including but not limited to, loss of competitive results, access to facilities and funding, and a public announcement of the violation.
An athlete’s period of ineligibility for a failure to comply may be reduced based on the circumstances of the matter.
Options for Athletes
If an athlete has concerns during a testing session, there are a few things they can do to feel more comfortable about complying with the test:
To learn more about providing information about the process and location to doping testing, watch the following videos: