Sport Integrity Australia and World Anti-Doping Agency information for athletes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, anti-doping organisations globally have adjusted their programs to meet the ever changing and uncertain situation. The information on this page is intended to answer many of the questions athletes might have about anti-doping in the current environment.
World Anti-Doping Agency
The global regulatory body for anti-doping, WADA, in consultation with its Athletes Committee has produced a series of Q&As addressing athletes concerns regarding anti-doping operations during this crisis.
Sport Integrity Australia
The following information answers common questions we’ve received about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) has on the anti-doping testing program in Australia.
What is Sport Integrity Australia’s approach to testing athletes who have travelled to a virus-affected area, or have had contact with someone who has contracted the virus?
The health and safety of our staff and athletes is Sport Integrity Australia’s priority at this time and we are following advice from the Department of Health in relation to managing the risks associated with COVID-19.
We are working closely with National Sporting Organisations (NSO), International Federations (IF) and other National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADO) to identify at-risk testing missions. Where we are aware that an athlete is in isolation, or has recently travelled to an identified high-risk area, we will factor this in to our testing plans.
What if I’m an athlete and I need to isolate, or have had contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19?
You should advise your NSO.
If you are on Sport Integrity Australia’s Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or Domestic Testing Pool (DTP), please notify Sport Integrity Australia by email at email@example.com and include the following information:
- Reason for self-isolation – positive test, awaiting test result, close contact, or returned from overseas.
- Date self-isolation commenced.
If you are subject to whereabouts requirements because you are part of a RTP, ensure you keep your whereabouts up-to-date.
What has Sport Integrity Australia done to prepare for further developments?
The situation is changing quickly and Sport Integrity Australia is keeping up-to-date with Government advice and updating our test planning and operations accordingly.
How is Sport Integrity Australia keeping staff and athletes safe from potentially getting the virus while doing testing?
Sport Integrity Australia field staff have clear procedures to follow during testing, for their own safety and athlete’s safety, and the integrity of the testing process.
Staff who show symptoms or who meet any other high risk criteria will not be involved in testing missions. Sport Integrity Australia field staff have clear procedures to follow during testing, these include high levels of hygiene, for their own safety and athletes’ safety, and the integrity of the testing process.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update our advice to staff and athletes as soon as new information comes to hand.
Sport Integrity Australia encourages all athletes and staff to contact the HealthDirect Hotline on 1800 022 222 if you’re feeling unwell, or would like to check your symptoms.