Drug Testing During the Olympic and Paralympic Games Copy

During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Period of the Games is the time from the opening of the Olympic or Paralympic villages up to, and including, the day of the closing ceremony.

During the Period of the Games:  

  • All athlete participants are subject to drug testing at any time and at any location under the jurisdiction of the IOC or IPC, respectively.
  • The athletes can be tested by anti-doping organizations anywhere in the world under the testing and/or results management authority of IOC and the IPC, respectively.
  • Athletes can be asked to provide a urine sample, blood sample, or both.
  • Once the sample has been provided and sent to the laboratory, the athlete’s sample will be analyzed for all prohibited substances and methods on the WADA Prohibited List for that year, no matter if the athlete was tested in-competition or out-of-competition.

At the Games, the on-site sample collection program is managed by the local Games Organizing Committee, while results management remains the responsibility of the IOC or IPC, respectively.

Athletes can expect both national and international Doping Control Officers (DCOs) to collect urine and blood samples in accordance with the Games anti-doping rules and technical procedures. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may have an Independent Observer Team present to monitor and oversee all aspects of the anti-doping program to ensure it’s conducted in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards.