Paralympic Games
24 August - 5 September 2021


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Information on this page provides a summary of key anti-doping information for National Paralympic Committees, National Anti-Doping Organisations and International Federations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

For more detailed information, please refer to the IPC Anti-Doping Code and Tokyo 2020 Doping Control Guidebook.

IPC Anti-Doping Code

The IPC Anti-Doping Code applies during the Games period for Tokyo 2020. 

Note that the revised 2021 version of the Code distinguishes the rules that apply to the IPC’s dual roles as a Major Event Organisation and an International Federation (for 10 Para sports).

Part 2 of the Code, the 'IPC Games Rules', applies specifically to Paralympic Games events.  All participants accept the IPC Anti-Doping Code as a condition of participation in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and are presumed to have agreed to comply with it.

Tokyo 2020 Doping Control Guidebook

Tokyo 2020 has prepared the Doping Control Guidebook to give Games participants information about the anti-doping programme and how it will be conducted.  It complements the IPC Anti-Doping Code but does not replace or supersede it.


Key Dates for Tokyo 2020

03 August 2021 Existing TUEs must be submitted to IPC for review by this date
Athletes requiring a new TUE must apply to IPC from this date
17 August 2021 Opening of the Games Village (start of the Games period)
24 August 2021 Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony
05 September 2021  Closing Ceremony (end of the Games period)


Tokyo 2020 Education & Resources

A range of Tokyo 2020 resources are available to help educate athletes and support personnel about anti-doping in the lead up to (and during) the games.

ADEL for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The IPC has collaborated with WADA to develop an ADEL Tokyo 2020 Paralympics e-learning course, available on WADA’s anti-doping and education learning (ADEL) platform.

All athletes, guides, coaches and other support personnel are encouraged to complete this e-learning prior to departing for Japan.  The course is currently available in English, French and Spanish.  More languages will be added over coming weeks.


PlayTrue2020 is a legacy project for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, led by the Government of Japan and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA). PlayTrue2020 has initiated a range of sport values projects including the Real Champion Education Package that includes a short animation, a poster and a leaflet to explain the doping control procedure. These resources will be available in Doping Control Stations at the Games.   


Click here  to download the Doping Control Leaflet

Click here to request a print quality version of the Doping Control Poster from the PlayTrue2020 website 

Visit the PlayTrue2020 website for more tools and resources that promote clean sport values.

WADA Outreach Programme

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it will not be possible for WADA to operate an Outreach Programme at Tokyo 2020.  

Doping Control

The Games period, during which the IPC has testing authority over all athletes (including guides) competing at the Games, begins on 17 August 2021 (the day the Athlete’s Village opens) and ends on 05 September 2021 (the day of the Closing Ceremony).

The IPC has delegated sample collection authority to Tokyo 2020 for the Games.

Points to note:

  • The definition of the In-Competition period for testing has changed under the 2021 Code.  It now commences at 23:59pm the day before a competition, through to the end of such competition, including any related sample collection process. 
    Note: A 'competition' is defined as a single event for doping control purposes, so for example, a football 5-a-side match on any given day is a single event or competition (as well as being part of the broader football 5-a-side competition that runs over multiple days). 
  • If athletes are staying outside of the Paralympic Village (including in satellite villages) it is the NPCs’ responsibility to provide transport to their accommodation after they have completed doping control.
  • On the final day of competition (5 September) athletes must complete doping control before attending the Closing Ceremony.

Athlete Whereabouts

All athletes included in a testing pool during the Games period must continue to maintain accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information as is normally required.  Athletes must include accommodation details whilst in Japan, such as room numbers if staying in the Athletes’ Village.

For athletes not included in a testing pool, the IPC requires NPCs to provide whereabouts information during the Games period, including travel schedules, accommodation details (for inside and outside the Athletes’ Village) and training schedules.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

From 3 August until 5 September 2021, all athletes registered to compete at the Games will require a TUE in advance of taking any medication that contains a prohibited substance or method.  Retroactive TUEs will apply in the event of a medical emergency or treatment for an acute medical condition.

Prior to 3 August, athletes should follow the rules and guidance of their NADO or IF regarding TUE requirements.

Existing TUEs must be submitted to the IPC for review, in ADAMS, by 3 August.

From 3 August, all new TUE applications must be submitted to the IPC TUE Committee for approval, either through ADAMS or by email to tu[email protected].

Reporting Suspicions about Doping

The IPC has partnered with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Speak Up programme, which receives and processes information about potential doping in Paralympic sports.

Any individual or organisation who has suspicions or direct knowledge of any activity that goes against the principles of clean sport at the Paralympic Games (or anywhere) has a responsibility to report it. Information received via the Speak Up programme is treated in the strictest confidence.