Information and advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
This is a time of uncertainty for all athletes. We have a list of resources that may help you find the information you need.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
WADA and their Athletes Committee have put together information to guide you through any concerns about anti-doping operations.
Sport Integrity Australia
The following information answers common questions about anti-doping testing during the COVID-19 period.
Athletes must be aware they are still able to be tested anywhere and at anytime.
Our approach to testing athletes who have travelled to a virus-affected area, or have had contact with someone who has contracted the virus.
Our priority at this time is the health and safety of our staff and athletes. We follow advice from the Department of Health about 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.
If an athlete is in isolation, or has recently travelled to an identified high-risk area, we will factor this in to our testing plans.
Athletes who need to isolate, or have had contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19
You should advise your NSO.
If you are on our registered testing pool (RTP) or domestic testing pool (DTP), please notify us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you contact us, please include the following information:
- Reason for self-isolation (positive test, awaiting test result, close contact, or returned from overseas).
- Date self-isolation commenced.
We request that you keep us up to date with any test results.
Make sure you keep your whereabouts up-to-date if you need to provide them because you are part of a RTP.
Keeping up to date
The situation is changing quickly. We are abiding by and monitoring government advice and updating our test planning and operations as we need to.
We will continue to update our advice to staff and athletes as new information comes to hand.
Keeping staff and athletes safe while doing testing
Our field staff have clear procedures to follow during testing. These include rigorous attention to hygiene, adherence to social distancing protocols and the use of personal protection equipment. This keeps staff and the athletes safe while upholding the integrity of the testing process.
Staff who show symptoms or who meet other criteria will not be involved in testing missions.
Call our HealthDirect Hotline on 1800 022 222 if you’re feeling unwell, or would like to check your symptoms.