FAQ for Event Organisers
- I am organising an event this year in my country. What should I do?
- If doping tests are conducted at my event, what should I do?
- If a competitor usually takes substances and is tested at my event, what do I risk?
- How long before the results of the doping test(s) conducted at my event are known?
- What happens if I accept an athlete who is suspended?
- Who pays for doping tests conducted at my event?
- If a competitor refuses a doping test, should I intervene?
- If a competitor admits he/she has taken a substance from the Prohibited List, who should I tell?
- More info?
1. I am organising an event this year in my country. What should I do?
Unless you wish to organise your own doping tests, you do not need to do anything. The FAI will contact you if required.
However, you can inform your competitors about the testing process and also about their need to have a valid TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) in case they are taking a medication that contains substances on the WADA Prohibited List. This document is required if the competitor is to avoid a sanction in the event of a positive test.
The FAI Anti-Doping Manager provides each Air Sports Commission with a basic information sheet about anti-doping to be published with event bulletins. Please ask your Commission for this document.
2. If doping tests are conducted at my event, what should I do?
If a Doping Control Officer comes to your event, he or she will officially introduce him/herself and request a clean toilet to conduct the test. He/she will also need a private room with a table and chairs where he/she will be able to talk with the competitors involved. You do not need to do anything other than providing toilets and a suitable room.
3. If a competitor usually takes substances and is tested at my event, what do I risk?
You do not risk anything. The competitor will risk the sanction, not you. There is no risk that the event will be cancelled or postponed.
4. How long before the results of the doping test(s) conducted at my event are known?
The results will take a few weeks, so any positive tests will only come to light after the competition has ended.
5. What happens if I accept an athlete who is suspended?
It is not your responsibility to check whether an athlete has been suspended for doping, but you are required to check whether he or she holds a valid sporting licence before allowing him or her to enter your competition. His/her NAC should have withdrawn his/her sporting licence in case of suspension. You can also check the Anti-Doping section on the FAI website where sanctions are published for the duration of the suspension.
6. Who pays for doping tests conducted at my event?
Until further notice, doping tests are financed and organised by the FAI or by the authority ordering the tests (National Anti-Doping Organisation, WADA, etc). But you are entirely free to organise and pay for tests, should you wish to show you are running a “clean” event.
Should you need any additional information or help to organise tests, please contact the FAI Anti-Doping Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
7. If a competitor refuses a doping test, should I intervene?
It is not your role to intervene during a doping control. You can try to talk with the athlete, but this is the role of the Doping Control Officer and/or the athlete’s team/coach/entourage, etc.
As the holder of an FAI Sporting Licence, an athlete agrees to comply with the FAI Rules (which includes the FAI Anti-Doping Rules) and therefore to comply with anti-doping measures.
8. If a competitor admits he/she has taken a substance from the Prohibited List, who should I tell?
Address him/her to the FAI Anti-Doping Manager who will know the next steps to take: Mrs. Ségolène ROUILLON, +41 21 345 10 70 / e-mail