Important Definitions Copy

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The period commencing at 11:59 p.m. on the day before a Competition in which the Athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such Competition and the Sample collection process related to such Competition. Provided, however, WADA may approve, for a particular sport, an alternative definition if an International Federation provides a compelling justification that a different definition is necessary for its sport; upon such approval by WADA, the alternative definition shall be followed by all Major Event Organizations for that particular sport. 



Any period which is not In-Competition.

Washout, Clearance and Excretion Time

The amount of time it takes for the body to process and excrete a particular medication and/or its metabolites. It is important to consider that the processing and excretion of a particular medication may differ significantly in terms of either blood and/or urine, which may both be collected and analyzed. This consideration is especially important when considering substances that are prohibited In-Competition only.