The aim of testing is to detect and deter doping among athletes, to protect clean athletes.
Any athlete under the testing jurisdiction of the IFSC may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, in- or out-of-competition, and be required to provide a urine or blood sample.
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, the IFSC has created testing pools as part of its testing programme.
Certain athletes in the IFSC 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.
The IFSC updates the composition of the testing pools (RTP) yearly. Athletes selected to be part of the RTP have been included due to matching one or more criteria, between their performance in the last seasons or set of competitions, or their progression in rankings.
HOW DO ATHLETES KNOW THEY NEED TO PROVIDE WHEREABOUTS?
Athletes who need to provide whereabouts in ADAMS for the IFSC are notified by the IFSC of their inclusion in the IFSC’s testing pool, as well as exactly what information 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?
WHAT SHOULD ATHLETES DO IF THEY WISH TO RETIRE OR RETURN TO COMPETITION AFTER RETIRING?
All IFSC-licensed athletes who decide to retire from competition must inform the IFSC.
For RTP athletes, as soon as the retirement is officially confirmed, the athlete will be withdrawn from the IFSC’s RTP with immediate effect. If an athlete wishes to resume competing, they will not be able to do so until they have given the IFSC written notice of their intent to resume competing and made themselves available for testing for a period of six months.
WHAT IS THE ATHLETE BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT (ABP)?
The Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) was introduced in 2009 and is a pillar method in the detection of doping. It is an individual electronic profile that monitors selected athlete biological variables that indirectly reveal the effects of doping. ABP is integrated directly into ADAMS.
If you wish to learn more about ABP, you can watch this ITA webinar recording.
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