Major Event Organisations (MEOs) function as the ruling body for any continental, regional or international event (for example, the Commonwealth Games).
They are responsible for adopting and implementing anti-doping rules and regulations for their events which comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Testing at Major Games
All urine and blood collection must follow the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). However, there may be discrepancies between NADO/IF procedures in the areas that are not addressed by the ISTI or where the ISTI allows discretion.
If you are required for doping control, you should:
- provide a sample to a DCO when notified by an official anti-doping agency
- feel confident that sample-collection vessels and A- and B-bottles are clean and sealed before use
- be assigned a DCO of the same gender for urine sample collection
- comply with the testing procedure, but record in detail any concerns on the Doping Control Form.
In and Out-of-Competition at Major Games
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 doping control. Some major events may declare a different in-competition period so athletes need to check the anti-doping rules for such events prior to competition.
An athlete should not have any substance that is prohibited in-competition in their system during that time. Athletes should check with their NGB, IF or event organisers as to how their in-competition period is defined.
Remember, regardless of when you take a substance if it is found in your system during an in-competition test you could face a ban from sport.