GAMMA is committed to clean sport and providing a safe and fair playing field for its athletes. This commitment is commensurate with its values rooted in Olympism and traditional martial values of Respect, Discipline, Integrity, Excellence and Humility.

Doping can be harmful to an athlete’s health, damages the integrity of sport, and is morally and ethically wrong. All athletes participating in GAMMA competitions must abide by GAMMA’s Anti-Doping Rules.

Overview 

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the independent international body responsible for harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries. The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) is the core document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations around the world. The Code is supplemented by eight (8) International Standards, including the Prohibited List which is updated annually.  GAMMA strives to align itself with WADA so as to implement an effective and Code-compliant anti-doping program for mixed martial arts.

GAMMA’s Anti-Doping programme is independently managed by the International Testing Agency (ITA) 

Go to the International Testing Agency’s website to learn more about the GAMMA Anti-Doping program.

See below for further general information and resources.

Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use. A number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements, poor labeling or contamination of dietary supplements.

The use of supplements by athletes is a concern because in many countries the manufacturing and labeling of supplements may not follow strict rules, which may lead to a supplement containing an undeclared substance that is prohibited under anti-doping regulations. Pleading that a poorly labeled dietary supplement was taken is not an adequate defense in a doping hearing.

Risks of supplements include:

    • Manufacturing standards, which are often less strict when compared with medications. These lower standards often lead to supplement contamination with an undeclared prohibited substance, for example when manufacturing equipment isn't cleaned to the required standards and contains remnants of ingredients from a previous product.

    • Fake or low-quality products which may contain prohibited substances and be harmful to health.

    • Mislabeling of supplements with ingredients wrongly listed and prohibited substances not identified on the product label.

    • False claims that a particular supplement is endorsed by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) or that it is “safe for athletes”. Remember, ADOs do not certify supplements and the product label may contain misleading messaging.

Athletes should do a risk-benefit assessment if they are considering the use of supplements. The first step of such an assessment is to consider whether a “food-first” approach meets the athlete’s needs. Whenever possible, such assessment should be done with a support of a certified nutritionist or other qualified professional who is familiar with the global and GAMMA Anti-Doping Rules.

Checking your supplements

If, after careful consideration, an athlete chooses to use supplements, they must take the necessary steps to minimize the risks associated with supplements. This includes:

    • Thorough research on the type and dose of the supplement, preferably with the advice of a certified nutritionist or other qualified professional who is familiar with Anti-Doping Rules.

    • Only selecting supplements that have been “batch-tested” by an independent company.

    • Remembering what supplement they take, keep some of it in case they get a positive result, and keep any proof of purchase and declare it on the Doping Control Form (DCF).

Remember, no supplement is 100% risk-free but athletes and athlete support personnel can take certain steps to minimize these risks.

Neither WADA nor GAMMA is involved in any supplement certification process and therefore do not certify or endorse manufacturers or their products. WADA and GAMMA do not control the quality or the claims of the supplements industry.

What Is A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?

Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method an athlete is required to use to treat an illness or condition is prohibited as per the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List a  TUE  may give that athlete the authorization to use that substance or method while competing without invoking an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and applicable sanction. Applications for TUEs are evaluated by a panel of physicians, the TUE Committee (TUEC).

 

What are the Criteria for Granting a TUE?

All of the four following criteria must be met (for more details, please refer to the WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) Article 4.2):

  • The athlete has a clear diagnosed medical condition which requires treatment using a prohibited substance or method;
  • The therapeutic use of the substance will not, on the balance of probabilities produce significant enhancement of performance beyond the athlete’s normal state of health;
  • The prohibited substance or method is an indicated treatment for the medical condition, and there is no reasonable permitted therapeutic alternative;
  • The necessity to use that substance or method is not a consequence of the prior use (without a TUE), of a substance or method which was prohibited at the time of use.

 

Who Should Apply for a TUE? Where and When to Apply?

Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method. You should verify with ITA to know to whom you need to apply and if you can apply retroactively.

First, check if the required medication or method you intend to take, or use is prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List.

You may also use a ‘check your medication’ online tool or ask your NADO if it has one.

You have a responsibility to inform your physician(s) that you are an Athlete bound to anti-doping rules. You and your physician(s) should check the Prohibited List for the substance/method you are prescribed. If the substance/method is prohibited, discuss non-prohibited alternatives, if there are none, apply for a TUE.  Remember Athletes have the ultimate responsibility. Contact ITA you are having difficulties.

Then, contact tue@ita.sport to determine your competition level and TUE application requirements.

As an International-Level Athlete competing in GAMMA international competitions, you must apply to ITA in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances. For substances prohibited in-competition only, you should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before your next competition, unless one of the exceptions on retroactive TUEs  apply.

For all information regarding the TUE process and to apply for one contact: tue@ita.sport

 

What is Doping?

Doping is not just a positive test showing the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s urine sample. Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the 11 Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

Doping is not just a positive test showing the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s urine sample. Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the 11 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) outlined in the World Anti-Doping Code and GAMMA Anti-Doping Rules are:

      1. Presence of a prohibited substance, its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
      2. Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete
      3. Refusing, evading or failing to submit to sample collection by an athlete
      4. Failure to file whereabouts information and/or missed tests by an athlete
      5. Tampering or attempted tampering with the doping control process by an athlete or other person
      6. Possession of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete or athlete support personnel
      7. Trafficking or attempted trafficking of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete or other person
      8. Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
      9. Complicity or attempted complicity in an ADRV by an athlete or other person
      10. Prohibited Association by an athlete or other person with a sanctioned athlete support personnel
      11. Acts to discourage or retaliate against reporting to authorities

Why is Doping in Sport Prohibited?

The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete's health and to other athletes competing in the sport. It severely damages the integrity, image, and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance. To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to clean sport is critical.

What does Strict Liability Mean?

        • The principle of strict liability applies to all athletes who compete in any sport with an anti-doping program. It means that athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance, or its metabolites or markers found to be present in their urine and/or blood sample collected during doping control, regardless of whether the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or method. Therefore, it is important to remember that it is each and every athlete’s ultimate responsibility to know what enters their body.

        • The rule which provides that principle, under Code Article 2.1 and Article 2.2, states that it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence, or knowing use on the athlete’s part be demonstrated by the Anti-Doping Organization to establish an anti-doping rule violation.

Why is Doping Dangerous?

Doping can result in severe health consequences but also comes with sport, social, financial and legal consequences. For an athlete, doping could spell the end of their sporting career, reputation, and prospects both in and out of sport.

Sport Consequences

The sanctions for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) can include:

        • Provisional Suspension. The athlete or other person is temporarily banned from participating in any competition or activity while waiting for the results management process to be complete or until the final decision is rendered.
        • Ineligibility. The athlete or other person is not allowed to compete or participate in any other activity, such as training, coaching, or even access to funding due to an ADRV. This period of ineligibility can be for up to 4 years or even life depending on the circumstances of the ADRV.
        • Disqualification of results. The athlete’s results during a particular period, competition or event are invalidated, which comes with forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
        • Public Disclosure. The Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) informs the general public of the ADRV.
        • Fines.

Health Consequences

The health consequences to an athlete can include:

        • Physical health. Medications and medical interventions have been developed to treat a particular condition or illness. Not an otherwise healthy athlete. Depending on the substance, the dosage and the consumption frequency, doping products may have particularly negative side effects on health.
        • Psychological health. Some doping substances may have an impact on the athlete’s mental health. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders or psychosis are direct consequences from doping.

Social Consequences

Some of social consequences of doping include:

        • Damage to reputation and image, which can be permanent with media attention, and future clean performances can be met with skepticism.
        • Damage to future career prospects.
        • Isolation from peers and sport.
        • Damaged relationships with friends and family.
        • Effects on emotional and psychological well-being.
        • Loss of standing, fame, respect and credibility.

Financial Consequences

The financial consequences of doping can include:

        • Fines that an Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) may have included in their anti-doping rules including costs associated with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).
        • Loss of income/financial support, such as government funding, other forms of financial support and by not participating in the competitions.
        • Loss of financial support due to withdrawal of sponsor.
        • Requirement to reimburse sponsor, if included in the contract.
        • Reimbursement of prize money.
        • Impact of damaged reputation on future career prospects.

Legal Consequences

In addition to the sport, health, social and financial consequences listed above, doping can come with other legal consequences, such as:

        • Some countries have gone beyond the World Anti-Doping Code and made using a prohibited substance a criminal offence (e.g. Austria, Italy, France).
        • In some countries, ADRVs related to trafficking, possession or administering a prohibited substance or some substances on the Prohibited List are considered a criminal offence.

What do athletes and athlete support personnel need to know about anti-doping?

Athletes, their support personnel and others who are subject to anti-doping rules all have rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). Part Three of the Code outlines all of the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the anti-doping system.

Athlete Rights

“Every athlete has the right to clean sport!”

Ensuring that athletes are aware of their rights and that these rights are respected is vital to the success of clean sport. WADA’s Athlete Committee (now Athlete Council) drafted the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act (Act). This Act is made up of two parts. Part one sets out rights that are found in the Code and International Standards. Part two sets out recommended athlete rights that are not found in the Code or International Standards but are rights that athletes recommend that Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) adopt for best practice.

Athlete rights outlined in the Code include:

        • Equal opportunities in their pursuit of sport, free of participation by other athletes who dope
        • Equitable and fair testing programs
        • A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application process
        • To be heard, to have a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a fair, impartial and operationally independent hearing panel, with a timely reasoned decision specifically including an explanation of the reasons of the decision
        • Right to appeal the hearing decision
        • Any ADO that has jurisdiction over them will be accountable for its action and an athlete shall have the ability to report any compliance issue
        • Ability to report Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) through an anonymous mechanism and not be subjected to threats or intimidation
        • Receiving anti-doping education
        • Fair handling of their personal information by ADOs in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI) and any local applicable law
        • To pursue damages from another athlete whose actions have damaged that athlete by the commission of an ADRV
        • During the sample collection process, right to:
            • See the identification of the Doping Control Officer (DCO)
            • Request additional information about the sample collection process, about the authority under which it will be carried out and on the type of sample collection
            • Hydrate
            • Be accompanied by a representative and, if available, an interpreter
            • Request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons (International Standard for Testing and Investigations Art. 5.4.4)
            • Request modifications for athletes with impairments (if applicable)
            • Be informed of their rights and responsibilities
            • Receive a copy of the records of the process
            • Have further protections for "protected persons” because of their age or lack of legal capacity
            • Request and attend the B sample analysis (in the case of an Adverse Analytical Finding)

        Athlete Responsibilities

Athletes’ rights to clean sport come with corresponding responsibilities, and athletes may be tested in- and out-of-competition, anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice.

Their clean sport responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

        • Complying with the GAMMA’s Anti-Doping Rules (in line with the World Anti-Doping Code)
        • Being available for sample collection (urine, blood or dried blood spot (DBS)), whether in-competition or out-of-competition
        • Remaining within direct observation of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone at all times from notification until the completion of the sample collection process
        • Providing identification upon request during the sample collection process
        • Ensuring that no prohibited substance enters their body and that no prohibited method is used on them
        • Ensuring that any treatment is not prohibited according to the Prohibited List in force and checking this with the prescribing physicians, or directly with the TUE Committee (*managed independently by the International Testing Agency) if necessary
        • Applying to the TUE Committee (*managed independently by the International Testing Agency) if no alternative permitted treatment is possible and a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required (see WADA International Guidelines for Therapeutic Use Exemptions; download TUE Application Form)
        • Reporting immediately for sample collection after being notified of being selected for doping control
        • Ensuring the accuracy of the information entered on the Doping Control Form (DCF)
        • Cooperating with ADOs investigating ADRVs
        • Not working with coaches, trainers, physicians or other athlete support personnel who are ineligible on account of an ADRV or who have been criminally convicted or professionally disciplined in relation to doping (see WADA’s Prohibited Association List)

Athlete Support Personnel Rights

Athlete support personnel and other persons also have rights and responsibilities under the Code. These include:

        • Right to a fair hearing, before an independent hearing panel
        • Right to appeal the hearing decision
        • Rights regarding data protection, according to the ISPPPI and any local applicable law

Athlete Support Personnel Responsibilities

Athlete support personnel’s responsibilities under the Code include:

        • Using their influence on athlete values and behaviors to foster clean sport behaviors
        • Knowing and complying with all applicable anti-doping policies and rules, including the GAMMA’s Anti-Doping Rules (in line with the Code)
        • Cooperating with the athlete doping control program
        • Cooperating with ADOs investigating Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)
        • Informing the relevant IF and/or NADO if they have committed an ADRV in the last 10 years
        • Refraining from possessing a prohibited substance (or a prohibited method)*, administering any such substance or method to an athlete, trafficking, covering up an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) or other forms of complicity and associating with a person convicted of doping (prohibited association). These are ADRVs applicable to athlete support personnel under Article 2 of the World Anti-Doping Code and Article 2 of GAMMA’s Anti-Doping Rules.

* Unless the athlete support personnel can establish that the possession is consistent with a TUE granted to an athlete or other acceptable justification. Acceptable justification would include, for example, a team doctor carrying prohibited substances for dealing with acute and emergency situations.

GAMMA's Recommendation to Athlete Support Personnel

Here are some ways athlete support personnel can support their athletes in their education on clean sport:

        • Share the Athlete’s Anti-Doping Rights Act with your athletes
        • Register and take a course suitable to you on the WADA’s ADEL platform
        • Follow the International Testing Agency (ITA) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where the main updates about anti-doping will be published
        • Contact GAMMA Head of Sport at gino@gamma-sport.org for any questions you may have

What are the organisations involved in protecting clean sport?

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

WADA was established in 1999 as an international independent agency to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport. WADA’s governance and funding are based on equal partnership between the Sport Movement and Governments of the world.

WADA’s primary role is to develop, harmonize and coordinate anti-doping rules and policies across all sports and countries. WADA’s key activities include:

        • Scientific and social science research
        • Education
        • Intelligence & investigations
        • Development of anti-doping capacity and capability
        • Monitoring of compliance with the World Anti-Doping Program.

For more information about WADA, consult:

International Federations (IF)

As an International Federation, GAMMA is responsible for implementing an effective and Code-compliant anti-doping program for mixed martial arts. Under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), IFs are required to carry out the following anti-doping activities:

        • Providing education programs
        • Analyzing the risk of doping in their sport
        • Conducting in-competition and out-of-competition testing
        • Management of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for international-level athletes
        • Results Management including sanctioning those who commit Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

If you have any anti-doping queries, please contact the GAMMA Head of Sport: gino@gamma-sport.org

National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs)

NADOs are organizations designated by each country as possessing the primary authority and responsibility to:

        • Adopt and implement anti-doping rules at a national level
        • Plan and carry out anti-doping education
        • Plan tests and adjudicate anti-doping rule violations at a national level
        • Test athletes from other countries competing within that nation’s borders if required to

Check the list of NADOs to find out who to contact in your country.]

If a NADO has not been designated in a country, the National Olympic Committee (NOC), if there is no NADO, takes over these responsibilities.

Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs)

In a number of regions of the world, countries have pooled their resources together to create a RADO responsible for conducting anti-doping activities in the region in support of NADOs.

RADOs bring together geographically-clustered groups of countries where there are limited or no anti-doping activities, for which they take over responsibility, including:

        • Providing anti-doping education for athletes, coaches and support personnel
        • Testing athletes
        • Training of local sample collection personnel (doping control officers/chaperones)
        • An administrative framework to operate within.

Check the list of RADOs.

The aim of testing is to protect clean athletes through the detection and deterrence of doping. Any athlete under the testing jurisdiction of GAMMA may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, in- or out-of-competition, and be required to provide a urine, blood sample or blood for a Dried Blood Spot (DBS) analysis.

Sample Collection Process

    1. Athlete Selection: An athlete can be selected for testing at any time and any place.
    2. Notification: A Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone will notify the athlete of their selection and outline their rights and responsibilities.
    3. Reporting to the Doping Control Station: The athlete should report to the doping control station immediately after being notified. The DCO may allow a delay in reporting for a valid reason.
    4. Sample Collection Equipment: The athlete is given a choice of individually sealed sample collection vessels and kits to choose from.
    5. They must inspect the equipment and verify the sample code numbers.

Collecting the Sample

    For a urine sample:

      • Providing the sample: The athlete will be asked to provide the sample under the direct observation of a DCO or witnessing chaperone of the same gender.
      • Volume: A minimum 90mL is required for urine samples. If the first sample is not 90mL, the athlete may be asked to wait and provide an additional sample.
      • Splitting the sample: The athlete will split their sample into A and B bottles.
      • Sealing the samples: The athlete will seal the A and B bottles in accordance with the DCO’s instructions.
      • Measuring specific gravity: The DCO will measure the specific gravity of the sample to ensure it is not too dilute to analyze. If it is too dilute, the athlete may be asked to provide additional samples.

    For a blood sample:

      • The athlete will be asked to remain seated and relaxed for at least 10 minutes before undergoing venipuncture (only for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) blood samples).
      • The Blood Collection Officer (BCO) will ask for the athlete’s non-dominant arm, apply a tourniquet to the upper arm, and clean the skin at the puncture site.
      • The BCO will draw blood from the athlete and fill each Vacutainer blood tube with the required volume of blood.
      • The BCO will place the Vacutainer tubes into the A and B kits (only one vial may be necessary if the blood sample is collected as part of an ABP program).
      • The DCO/BCO will transfer the DBS samples into a secure kit that is labeled as A&B.

     

    For a Dried Blood Spot (DBS) analysis

      • The DCO/BCO will assess the most suitable location for the puncture that is unlikely to adversely affect the athlete or their sporting performance (e.g., finger of a non-dominant hand/arm).
      • The athlete will warm the sample collection site (especially in case the hands are cold).
      • The DCO/BCO will disinfect the blood sample site with a sterile disinfectant pad or swab.
      • The DCO/BCO will collect the blood from the fingertips (with cellulose based cards) or from the upper arm (with microneedles devices).
      • The DCO/BCO will transfer the DBS samples into a secure kit that is labeled as A&B.

     
    6. Completing the Doping Control Form (DCF): The athlete will check and confirm that all of the information is correct, including the sample code number and their declaration of medications and/or products they have used. They will also be asked their consent for the use of the sample for research purposes. They will receive a copy of the DCF and should keep it.

    7. Laboratory Process: All samples are sent to WADA accredited laboratories for analysis.

 

What are testing pools and why are whereabouts important for clean sport?

Out-of-competition testing with no-advance notice is one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping. To support this type of testing, GAMMA may create testing pools as part of its testing program. The composition of the testing pool is updated regularly.

Certain athletes in the GAMMA testing pools, such as those in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) are required to provide information on their whereabouts in ADAMS, WADA’s online anti-doping administration and management system.

Top ranked GAMMA athletes will be included in the GAMMA RTP, this pool of the highest priority athletes established at the international level by GAMMA; a similar pool of athletes may be established at national level by a National Anti-Doping Organisation.

Athletes in the GAMMA RTP are subject to both in-competition and out-of-competition testing as part of GAMMA’s test distribution plan and required to provide Whereabouts information as provided in Code Art. 5.5 (Athletes Whereabouts Information) and the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. GAMMA updates the composition of the RTP on a regular basis.

 

How do athletes know they need to provide whereabouts?

Athletes who need to provide whereabouts in ADAMS are notified by GAMMA and/or the ITA in writing of their inclusion in a testing pool as well as what information exactly is required of them, how to use ADAMS, deadlines to submit this information and any consequences if the information required is not submitted.

 

What do RTP Athletes Need to Know?

RTP Athletes must provide whereabouts and contact information into ADAMS, WADA’s online Anti-Doping Administration and Management system. This information helps Anti-Doping Organisations with testing jurisdiction over the athlete to plan and implement out-of-competition testing.

The Whereabouts requirements include but are not limited to:

  • An up-to-date mailing address and phone number
  • One daily specific 60-minute time slot between 5am and 11pm when the athlete is available and accessible for testing.
  • Athlete’s overnight accommodation for each day
  • Information about training and regular activities that are part of the athlete’s regular routine (training at the gym, regular physio sessions, school, work, etc.)
  • Competition, training and travel schedule
  • Any additional relevant information that helps the Doping Control Officer locate the athlete (e.g., buzzer number or directions to a remote location)

Submitting late, inaccurate, or incomplete whereabouts information may result in a Filing Failure.

An athlete may receive a Missed Test if they are not available for testing during the 60-minute timeslot indicated in ADAMS. Three Whereabouts Failures (any combination of a Filing Failure and a Missed Test) occurring within a 12-month period will lead to an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and a potential two-year ban from sport.

It is important to note that under the Principle of Strict Liability, the athlete remains responsible for the information submitted, even if they have delegated this task to a member of their support team.

Should athletes have any query on ADAMS, such as how to submit whereabouts, please refer to the ADAMS Help Center or contact gamma@ita.sport or gino@gamma-sport.org.

 

Tips for RTP/TP athletes

  • Set a calendar reminder of the key dates/deadlines to submit quarterly whereabouts information
  • For RTP athletes only: Set an alarm for the start of the 60-minute time slot
  • Be as specific as possible when submitting your whereabouts information
  • Make modifications to your whereabouts information as soon as  changes occur
  • If you have any doubts, please contact gamma@ita.sport or gino@gamma-sport.org or use the ADAMS Help Centre if you require technical support with ADAMS
  • Download the app Athlete Central in order to facilitate all the processes related to the whereabouts system
  • Use the Athlete Central app to submit your Whereabouts information on a mobile device
  • Check the WADA Q&A Whereabouts
  • Check the At-a-Glance: Athlete Whereabouts

 

What should athletes do if they wish to retire or return to competition after retiring?

All international level athletes, particularly those in the RTP, who decide to retire from GAMMA competition must inform GAMMA via the GAMMA Retirement Notification Form.

For RTP athletes, as soon as the retirement is officially confirmed to GAMMA, the athlete will be withdrawn from GAMMA’s RTP with immediate effect. If an athlete wishes to resume competing, they will not be able to do so until they have given GAMMA written notice of their intent to resume competition (i.e. by completing and sending a Return to Competition Form) and made themselves available for testing for a period of six months. Please consult Article 5.6  of the GAMMA Anti-Doping Rules.

Every time someone steps forward with information on doping, we move closer to a clean and fair playing field for all. As an athlete, athlete support personnel or any person aware of doping practices has a duty to report their suspicions to WADA, their IF or NADO, even if you are not sure about what you witnessed.

Many ADOs, including WADA, have online, confidential tools to report suspicious behavior. Every piece of information is important.

Report doping or any concern about doping to GAMMA partner, the International Testing Agency here

WADA offers a series of online courses to athletes and athlete support personnel in an array of languages through its ADEL platform. See a list of example courses below. Athletes and their support personnel can set up an ADEL user account online to participate in courses.

ADEL courses for athletes

  • Privacy and Information Security Awareness for Athletes
  • Athlete's Guide to the 2021 Code
  • At-a-Glance: Athlete Whereabouts
  • At-a-Glance: Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
  • At-a-Glance: Anti-Doping Overview
  • Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Testing - The Basics
  • Factsheet - Glucocorticoid Injections
  • ADEL for International-Level Athletes
  • Guide to the List 2023
  • ADEL for National-Level Athletes
  • ADEL for Registered Testing Pool Athletes
  • Welcome to Sport Values
    • Respect
    • Equity
    • Inclusion
  • ADEL for Talented Level Athletes
  • Recertification course for International-Level Athletes/National Level-Athletes

ADEL courses for athlete support personnel

  • ADEL for High Performance Coaches
  • Factsheet for Medical Professionals - Glucocorticoid Injection
  • ADEL for Medical Professionals
  • ADEL for Medical Professionals at Major Games
  • ADEL for Parents of Elite Athletes
  • Athlete Support Personnel Guide to the Code 2021
  • Sport Values in Every Classroom

ITA Webinars & Resources

GAMMA anti-doping partner, the International Testing Agency, also offers webinars, courses and educational resources here.

  • International-Level Athlete (ILA): Athletes who compete in sport at the international level, as defined by each International Federation, consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. [The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) provides that “An International Federation is free to determine the criteria it will use to classify Athletes as International-Level Athletes, e.g., by ranking, by participation in particular International Events, etc.” Please insert your definition.]
  • National-Level Athlete (NLA): Athletes who compete in sport at the national level, as defined by each National Anti-Doping Organization, consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. [Please insert your definition.]
  • Event period: The Code states that the definition of event period “The time between the beginning and end of an event, as established by the ruling body of the event.” [Should your definition differ, please insert it instead.]
  • In-competition period: The Code defines the in-competition period as “The period commencing at 11:59 p.m. on the day before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such competition and the sample collection process related to such competition.” Your sport may require a different definition of in-competition approved by WADA. [Should your definition differ, please insert it instead.]
  • Out-of-competition period: The Code defines the out-of-competition period simply as “Any period which is not in-competition”.

GAMMA Anti-Doping:

For Testing, Results Management and all Anti-Doping information contact: gamma@ita.sport

TUEs:

If you need to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption, please fill-up the application form here and send it to tue@ita.sport.

GAMMA Sport and Events:

gino@gamma-sport.org