Because of the strongly held belief that our sport must be kept clean of those practices that could destroy the sense of what athletes do and their integrity, the IFSC committed itself to the fight against doping from the very beginning. It works in close relationship with the guidelines provided by WADA and IOC.
Doping tests and controls may be distressing for the athletes, but complying with such rules will help us prevent money, competition pressure and many other factors from stealing the spirit of sport and from harming our athletes.
A lot of different circumstances may account for the decision of an athlete to bend to the logic of doping; but top-level athletes should always remember they are looked upon as models by all those youth approaching our sport; and what could they teach about the effort, the challenge and the glory if that glory has not been earned honestly ?
To do its part, IFSC has undergone the task of ensuring both in and out of competition testing. The process started in 2008 is more alive than ever, especially for what concerns out-of competition testing, which requires a bigger effort not only on the organizers’ part, but also on the athletes’.
Every year a certain number of athletes is selected for what is called a Registered Testing Pool; athletes included in the RTP are subject to anti-doping tests not only during the competitions but also out of competitions (24h/24h - 7days/7days).
This is done through what is called the Whereabouts System; athletes are asked to fill in a web-based form which is part of the WADA provided software called ADAMS, indicating where they are to be found over a certain period of time, and they are also asked to update it once they change their schedule.
See the composition of the 2019 IFSC Registered Testing Pool.
Some criteria for including athletes in the RTPs are as follow:
The IFSC current organisational structure dealing with Anti-Doping issues is as follow:
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