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Athletes and support personnel should be aware that major competitive events may operate anti-doping rules and regulations that differ from those they are familiar with.
This might mean that all athletes competing are required to submit whereabouts or that the testing procedures are slightly different. The event organisers will distribute their anti-doping rules and regulations in advance of the event, and athletes can also contact their NGB or UK Anti-Doping for support and advice.
UKAD implements a Major Games education programme and its Clean Games session will go through all you need to know about anti-doping at a major multi-sport event such as the Olympics/Paralympics or Commonwealth Games.
Some substance categories and methods are prohibited at all times and others are only prohibited during an in-competition period. You should have some awareness of what these are.
The substances which are prohibited at all times includes masking agents and those substances which, when used in training, may have long-term performance-enhancing effects, such as anabolic steroids.
Unless otherwise stated, the in-competition period begins 12 hours before a competition which the athlete is participating in and finishes at the end of any associated testing. An athlete should not have any prohibited substance in their system during that time. Some events may declare a different in-competition period. Athletes should check with their NGB, IF or event organisers how their in-competition is defined.
If you are planning to travel abroad should you adhere to the following advice:
Some countries have different customs regulations that may prohibit the import of certain substances or methods. Athletes carrying a prohibited substance or method for a legitimate medical condition should carry the following documents at all times:
As an elite athlete you should be fully aware as to which organisation has anti-doping responsibility at any competitions you are attending. You are advised to contact your NGB for guidance.