Imapct of COVID-19 on Anti-Doping
With the COVID-19 outbreak turning everyone's lives upside down, we wanted to take a bit of time to send you a few recommendations and guidelines that might be useful. The IOC Athlete 365 has developed a website with guidelines and resources to deal with COVID-19. Also, we have developed some guidelines for coaches and training in this COVID-19 situation, as well as some Mental Health recommendations.
Since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last communicated to Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) on the matter of testing on 6 March, the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to evolve into an even greater health and societal emergency that requires effective action by everyone around the world to minimize the likelihood of transmission and the impact on society.
WADA is monitoring the situation based on expert information from the World Health Organization and from other reliable sources. Most countries are putting strict measures in place, which include border closures, quarantine/self-isolation, cancellation of flights, social movement restrictions, etc. As a result, many sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. This has forced WADA and its stakeholders to adjust daily operations by instituting teleworking; and, in the case of many ADOs, suspending or reducing doping control programs (including testing and other activities). Please consult your NADO or the World Triathlon Anti-Doping Director (Leslie Buchanan firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions related with these matters.
WADA also responded to athlete queries concerning anti-doping in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by publishing a Question and Answer (Q&A) document that it developed in consultation with its Athlete Committee.