Major Games may have different definitions for “Period of the Games.” For example, some Major Games may define the Period of the Games to be from the day of the opening ceremony to the day of the closing ceremony. In other instances, the definition could include the day of the opening of the Athletes’ Village to the day of the closing ceremony. Athletes participating in Major Games are subject to in-competition and out-of-competition doping control, irrespective of their geographical location, during the Period of the Games.
Period of the Olympic/Paralympic Games: The period commencing on the date of the opening of the athlete village for the Olympic/Paralympic Games up until and including the day of the closing ceremony of the Olympic/Paralympic Games.
In-Competition: 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.
When the athlete is actively within the “in-competition” phase during the Period of the Games, they will be tested for ALL prohibited substances/methods on the Prohibited List (those prohibited in-competition, at-all-times, prohibited in certain sports, and conditional or threshold substances). Any other anti-doping sample collection during the Period of the Games will be considered “out-of-competition” and the athlete’s sample will be tested for those substances/methods prohibited at-all-times.
Information regarding the Period of the Games for the Major Games in question may be found on the website or in the doping control information provided by the event organizers.