ANTI-DOPING IN PARA SWIMMING
Promoting and protecting the integrity of sport and the health of Para athletes is a top priority for World Para Swimming.
Anyone found responsible for using or providing doping products will be held accountable from their actions.
To try and ensure a level playing field for all athletes in the sport, World Para Swimming is bound by and complies fully with the IPC Anti-Doping Code.
The aims of the IPC Anti-Doping Code, which is fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, are:
• To protect the athlete’s right to participate in doping free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide.
• To ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes on the international and national level with regards to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
Anti-doping rules, like competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. All participants (athletes and athlete support personnel) accept these rules as a condition of participation and are presumed to have agreed to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code.
The anti-doping programme for World Para Swimming is managed by the IPC who is responsible for the testing programme of athletes, processing of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), case management and delivery of anti-doping education.
Further information can be found on the IPC website.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications.
It is an athlete’s responsibility to ensure that any medication they take to treat an illness or condition does not fall under the Prohibited list.
Occasionally athletes may have to take a medication to treat an illness or condition that is on the Prohibited list. Before doing so they must apply for, and have granted by an Anti-Doping Organisation, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which may give them the authorisation to take the needed medicine.
Where do you need to apply for a TUE?
Step 1: Determine what level athlete you are. Click here to see if your name is on the List of International Level Athletes.
Step 2: If your name is on the list, you will apply directly to the IPC. Submit your completed TUE application with supporting medical documentation to [email protected]. Submissions must be in English.
Or, if your name is not on the list, submit your TUE application to your National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO). Click here for a list of NADOS
Step 3: Do you already have a valid TUE approval and are trying to determine if the IPC will automatically recognise it? Click here to see the IPC’s current automatic recognition rules.
Any questions? Contact us at [email protected].org.