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Testing Process for Athletes with an Impairment

Testing is an important part of clean sport.

The testing process is harmonised to ensure that any athlete who is tested does so under the same processes and procedures, and that athletes’ rights are protected.

For those athletes with an impairment such as physical, visual or intellectual there are some modifications to the testing process to ensure it is accessible and suitable for all.

We recommend that all athletes take a representative with them to the Doping Control Station.

The facts - what you need to know about the testing process

When testing athletes with an impairment, the following modifications can be applied.

If you have a visual impairment:

  • Notification and sample division will be conducted in the presence of a representative (who is not another member of DCP).
  • During sample provision, the DCO/Chaperone will have a second observer present to observe them and their conduct. The athlete's representative can be present in addition to the second observer at the request of the athlete but neither the second observer or representative should directly observe the sample provision unless requested to do so by the athlete.

If you have a physical impairment:

  • You will be asked if you require any assistance to provide your sample, and you must have a representative with you to sign any documentation if you are unable to do so.
  • If you are a notified for a urine test and you have a catheter or drainage system, you must provide any equipment yourself and the DCO will observe the route of drainage.
  • If you have a leg bag or are using self-catheterisation, you will be asked to use a new and preferably sealed set of equipment. If that is not possible you will be asked to fully drain your leg bag.
  • You should take a representative with you if you know you will need help with the testing process.
  • If you do not have a representative to help you then the DCO may assist. This applies to both a urine and blood tests.

If you have an intellectual impairment:

  • You must have a representative with you throughout the testing process.

What that means for you

To ensure that testing remains a positive experience for all athletes, they have a number of rights and responsibilities. These remain the same for all athletes, including those with an impairment.

It is important to familiarise yourself with these rights and responsibilities as well as understanding how the modifications above can support you through the testing procedure.

What you should do

  • Familiarise yourself with the Testing Process and your rights and responsibilities
  • Understand that as an athlete with an impairment there are some modifications to the testing process and familiarise yourself with these
  • Always undertake the test and take a representative with you
  • Download the 100% me Clean Sport App and use its medications function to record all the medications you have taken – this will help you complete the Declarations box on the Doping Control Form

Where to go for further advice

Read the information on the Testing Process to familiarise yourself with the process.