Fédération Internationale de Natation Partners with 15 National Anti-Doping Organizations on Collaborative Testing Initiative ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

(Ottawa, Ontario - July 15, 2016) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), and 14 other leading national anti-doping organizations (NADOs), today announced the continued success of a global collaborative testing initiative in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The participating organizations worked together to develop a comprehensive, fair, and strategic test distribution plan to be executed in the six months leading up to the Rio Olympic Games.

Between January 1, 2016, and August 5, 2016, FINA and the 15 NADOs will conduct, on average, five to seven out-of-competition tests for each nation’s top 10 world-ranked male and female swimmers in every aquatic discipline held at the Olympic Games. During the process, FINA and the NADOs have formally connected on a regular basis, sharing relevant intelligence, and engaging in cooperative analysis processes. The NADOs took the lead on testing athletes in their individual countries, while FINA coordinated testing for the top swimmers in nations outside of the partnership.

Both FINA and the partner NADOs appreciate the concerns expressed by athletes about protecting the integrity of competition. The initiative was created to guarantee that serious action be taken to ensure that every athlete in an aquatic event would compete on a level playing field when they reach the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The partner organizations and athletes recognize that the international scale of the Olympic Games demands that international sport federations and NADOs adopt a collaborative and coordinated approach to testing. Improved communication and streamlined processes will help to advance clean and fair competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

“Doping in sport is a serious concern for clean athletes around the world, especially in the lead up to a major Games,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. “International collaborations help protect clean athletes’ rights to fair and honest competition on a global scale. We are proud to have partnered with FINA, and the other 14 NADOs, to help ensure all of our athletes can compete on a level playing field.”

As an innovative testing initiative in the anti-doping community, this pilot project will serve as a catalyst for future collaborations, more robust testing programs and greater fairness across international sport.

“FINA strongly believes in this initiative; working together with these leading NADOs from all around the world. It further demonstrates FINA’s commitment towards a coordinated global effort, in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games,” said FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu.

“FINA is confident that the plan developed to support this initiative and its execution has been effective, helping protect clean athletes training for the pinnacle of achievement in our sport. FINA will increase its cooperation and partnerships with these NADOs in the coming years. FINA will also continue the rigorous efforts to fight doping in aquatic sports through the end of the year and in the months prior to the FINA World Championships in Budapest 2017,” added Mr. Marculescu.

The 15 NADOs that supported and participated in the partnership are:

  • Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEPSAD)
  • Agence française de lutte contre le dopage (AFLD)
  • Anti Doping Denmark (ADD)
  • Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands
  • Anti-Doping Singapore
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)
  • Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ)
  • Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
  • Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA)
  • Nationale Anti Doping Agentur (NADA)
  • South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS)
  • Swedish Sports Confederation
  • UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

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For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
mcumming@cces.ca