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Doping-Free Combat Games
The SportAccord Multi-Sports Games Anti-Doping Rules are fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. They have been adopted unanimously by the SportAccord General Assembly on 8 April 2011. When implementing these regulations, in coordination with the participating IFs, SportAccord ensures equal and similar procedures at all Games, in all sports, for all athletes, whereas it refers to the test distribution plans, treatments of emergency therapeutic use exemptions, and results management during the period of each event. In addition, at all SportAccord MSG the anti-doping programmes and the coordination with all parties involved, including sample collection agencies and laboratories, are facilitated by the use of the World Anti-Doping Agency "ADAMS" online system.
Medication & Nutritional Supplements
WADA Q&A on Athletes and Medication
WADA Q&A on Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
The World Anti-Doping Code permits athletes to apply for TUEs i.e. permission to use, for therapeutic purposes, substances or methods contained in the 2010 Prohibitied List where use would otherwise be prohibited. The main document of reference for all matters relating to TUEs, including the process of granting TUEs, is WADA’s International Standard for TUEs (ISTUE).
In accordance with Article 4.4. of the WADA World Anti-Doping Code and Article 8.1 of the ISTUE, it is expected that those athletes competing in the Combat Games who require a TUE will have received a TUE from their International Federation (IF).
SportAccord requests that all athletes entered in the Combat Games who have been issued a TUE that will be valid during the period of the Event (27 August – 4 September) make their TUE available in their ADAMS account, or send it to SportAccord’s Doping-Free Sport Unit (Natalie Mills: or Francoise Dagouret: ) no later than one week before their first competition at the Combat Games.
WADA Q&A on TUEs
There will be doping controls conducted at the Combat Games in accordance with the WADA Anti-Doping Code and its International Standards. Doping controls may take place outside of the competition times as well as during the competition. The athletes’ samples will be analysed in a WADA-accredited laboratory as per WADA’s International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).
WADA Doping Control Video
WADA Doping Control Leaflet
- Athletes competing in the Combat Games must be aware that it is each Athlete’s personal duty that no Prohibited Substance enters his or her body (Article 2.1.1 of the WADA Anti-Doping Code), and an athlete is responsible for any Prohibited Substance or its metabolites or markers found to be present in his/her samples.
If an Athlete is tested during the Combat Games, the presence of a prohibited substance in his/her sample will constitute an anti-doping rule violation in accordance with the Code, unless the athlete has an appropriate valid TUE, and he/she will be sanctioned accordingly.
- Athletes competing in the Combat Games are responsible for contacting their International Federation (IF) as per their IF’s TUE procedure to apply for a TUE (with the relevant medical information requested) if they are taking any prohibited substance for therapeutic reasons. And they are also responsible for ensuring that their TUE is valid during the period of the Combat Games.
- SportAccord requests that all athletes entered in the Combat Games who have been issued a TUE that will be valid during the period of the Event (27 August – 4 September) make their TUE available in their ADAMS account, or send it to SportAccord’s Doping-Free Sport Unit (Natalie Mills: or Francoise Dagouret: ) no later than one week before their first competition at the Combat Games.
- All athletes competing in Combat Game competitions must fill out and sign the Athlete’s Commitment, including the Athlete’s Anti-Doping Commitment, and hand it over to the person in their IF responsible for collecting these documents in Beijing (on their registration day, before their first competition).
- Athletes may be tested during the Combat Games outside of the competition times (with no advance notice, at any place, at any time) as well as during the competition (after they compete).
- It is important that athletes are aware of the anti-doping rule violations and sanctions, as specified in Article 2 and Articles 10 & 11 of the World Anti-Doping Code.
Anti-doping rule violations include:
- Having a Prohibited Substance or its metabolites or markers present in their samples collected, unless they have received a valid TUE
- Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
- Refusing or failing to submit to sample collection during the Combat Games after notification or otherwise evading Sample collection
- Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of Doping Control
- Possession of prohibited substances and prohibited methods
WADA Level the Playing Field Video
The SportAccord Doping-Free Sport Unit
Francoise Dagouret, Manager
Natalie Mills, Project Officer