Clean Sport for Humans - Olympic and Paralympic Games Anti-Doping 

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This page features key information about the rules and processes applicable to human anti-doping at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Please also check our "Latest News" page for additional information.


During the period of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (24 July-21 August 2016) the IOC will have In-Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing authority over all athletes entered in the Games. The IOC's Anti-Doping rules for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 will apply.

Note: These rules, which were initially published in 2015, were amended in April 2016 in accordance with the decision taken by the IOC Executive Board in March 2016 to make doping results management and sanctioning at the Olympic Games more independent. The IOC Executive Board has therefore delegated its power to hear and decide upon doping cases arising upon the occasion of the Olympic Games (including subsequent re-analysis of samples taken at such Games), beginning with the Olympic Games Rio 2016, to a new division of CAS dedicated to hearing such cases, namely, the CAS Anti-doping Division. This delegation is based upon Rule 59.2.4 of the Olympic Charter. A copy of the Arbitration Rules applicable to this new CAS Anti-Doping Division can be downloaded here.
The IOC Doping Control Guide for Rio applies in conjunction with the IOC's Anti-Doping Rules for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions ("TUEs")

Athletes that already have a pre-existing TUE in ADAMS do not need to send this TUE to the IOC.
All other pre-existing TUEs which were not previously entered in ADAMS must be entered in ADAMS or sent to the IOC by email at, or by fax +41 21 621 6361 at least 30 days (24 June 2016) before the start of the period of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games .
During the Games Period, applications for TUEs can be requested via ADAMs, by email at, or by fax +41 21 621 6361, using a form available at the Olympic Village Polyclinic and which can also be downloaded from the IOC's website here. The IOC TUE Committee (TUEC) will examine the request as detailed in the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to Rio 2016.
A TUE issued by the IOC TUEC will only be valid during the period of the Olympic Games. Therefore, FEI athletes should apply
to the FEI for any TUE required for use of prohibited substances or methods after the Games.

Whereabouts information 

In order to protect clean athletes and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against doping for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, the IOC will require all athletes currently in a whereabouts system to include sufficient details to be easily located from the date of the opening of the Olympic Village on 24 July 2016, up to and including 21 August 2016, the date of the Closing Ceremony.

The IOC Medical and Scientific Department will be using the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS). The responsibility for whereabouts will mainly lie with the athlete and the NOC, providing the necessary information on ADAMS or another system recognised by WADA. To the extent needed, the assistance of NOCs will be requested by the IOC to help locate athletes (e.g. through accurate rooming lists for which a template will be available if required and also to ensure athletes realise the importance of full compliance with whereabouts requirements.)

For those athletes not on a whereabouts system, requirements may include the submission of location information through a simplified WADA Major Games Application by the athlete. In specific cases, the FEI or National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) will be asked to include athletes in their formal whereabouts system.

Needle Policy

The Olympic Games are “needle-free” for all participating athletes. Needles may be used only by qualified medical practitioners for clinically justifiable treatment (which must be declared on the designated form to the IOC) or by athletes for self-injection if they hold a relevant TUE (e.g. for insulin). The full policy can be found on the IOC’s official website (here).

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the injuries and illnesses surveillance programme, supplements, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), and the scientific and medical equipment policy can found on the IOC’s official website (here).



During the period of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (31 August-18 September 2016) the IPC will have In-Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing authority over all athletes entered in the Games. The IPC's Anti-Doping Code and Rio 2016 Paralympics Doping Control Guide will apply.

Therapeutic use Exemptions ("TUEs")

Between 1 August and 19 September 2016 all athletes entered for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games must submit any new TUE application to the IPC using the IPC TUE Application Form  and in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code.

The TUE decisions of the IPC Medical Committee will be available to the athlete, the athlete’s NPC, the IF, the NADO and to WADA through ADAMS.

TUEs granted by the IPC are only valid for the period of the Games, and do not apply to other international events. They may therefore require a follow up with the FEI if the medication needs to be taken after the Games or if the athlete intends to take part in international events during the period of the Games. 

Existing FEI and NADO TUEs holders should submit their TUEs to the IPC for automatic recognition purposes in accordance with the IPC's rules (existing FEI and NADO TUES not eligible for automatic recognition will be reviewed by the IPC Medical Committee).

Whereabouts information 

Effective Out-of-Competition testing programmes are essential to the fight against doping in sport and largely depend on accurate and complete athlete whereabouts information. The IPC and Rio 2016 therefore request that all National Paralympic Committees (NPCs):

• Ensure that athletes who are nominated to the IPC/IF/National Registered Testing Pool (RTP) have provided accurate and detailed whereabouts information to the respective anti-doping organisation

• Provide timely information on travel schedules, specific rooming list allocations and training schedules for the Games to enable locating athletes for testing in the lead up to the competition period. In the event that information received from the NPCs is incomplete, or when NPCs refrain from sharing information with the IPC and Rio 2016, the IPC has the right to ask the NPC for more detailed whereabouts information for all or some of their athletes. This information should be provided to the IPC through ADAMS and NPCs have the responsibility of familiarising themselves with the use of Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS)

Use of cathethers

The IPC considers the use of a urinary catheter by an athlete with a need for selfcatheterisation as “personal equipment”. There are potential hazards to using different catheters, such as urethral trauma, infection and/or allergic reactions. Athletes who use urinary catheters for urinary sample collection for anti-doping purposes should supply their own catheter. This is the responsibility of the athlete.
It is also the athlete’s responsibility to use a catheter in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Please consult the IPC's Anti-Doping Code and Rio Doping Control Guide for additional information.