Athlete at a doping test
Athletes should know their rights and obligations in doping testing. The athlete's rights and obligations are specified in the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA's International Standard for Testing and Investigations. Any information provided by the athlete during the doping control will be handled with strict confidence.
FINCIS will process the information according to Finland's Antidoping Code in order to perform the doping control. The information will be processed in compliance with the Finnish privacy protection laws and WADA's International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information. Any information related to the test, such as test results and possible sanctions, is disclosed only to specific, relevant parties in accordance with Finland's and/or the World Anti-Doping Code.
An athlete's rights during doping control include
- Taking a representative to the doping control (recommended). If necessary (and possible), the athlete can also take an interpreter with him or her.
- Receiving additional information about the doping control process from the doping control officer in charge.
- Provided that the athlete is under the supervision of the doping control officer, he or she may request extra time to report to the control station for the following reasons:
- to collect clothing, identification and/or a representative and an interpreter, if needed, to take with him or her the control station
- to finish his or her warm up/training session
- for necessary medical treatment
- for any other reason approved by the doping control officer
and additionally for in-competition tests:
- to participate in the remaining competitions
- to give interviews to the media and
- to participate in awards ceremonies.
To request changes to the test procedure according to the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA International Standard for Testing if the athlete is a disabled or underage athlete.
An athlete shall, at a doping test:
- Remain under the appropriate supervision of the doping control officer at all times until the completion of the doping control procedure.
- Provide appropriate identification.
- Report to the doping control station as soon as possible.
- Follow the instructions given. Refusal to be tested and/or failure to comply with the instructions can constitute an antidoping rule violation and may lead to a sanction.