Anti-Doping Information 2019 Pan American Games

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is pleased to provide Team Canada athletes with the anti-doping information for the 2019 Pan American Games (the Games) in Lima, Peru. The following information about anti-doping rules and responsibilities applies to Team Canada athletes (and support personnel) at all times during the Games.

Anti-Doping Rules

The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Anti-Doping Rules will be in force for the Games. The Games period begins on July 21, 2019 (opening of the Athletes’ Village) and ends on August 11, 2019 (closing ceremonies). During that time, athletes may be subject to testing by PASO. As always, athletes may be notified of their selection for doping control at any time and in any place in the world, with no advance notice.

World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List will be in effect during the Games. All samples collected by the CCES, international federations and PASO as of January 1, 2019 will be tested for all substances and methods identified in the 2019 Prohibited List.

Samples collected in the 12 hours prior to competition through to the end of a competition will be analyzed for all substances and methods on the 2019 Prohibited List. A competition is equal to a single race, match or game, for example a basketball game or 100-metre race in athletics.

Samples collected outside of a competition period will be analyzed for those substances and methods that are prohibited out-of-competition only.

Doping Control Procedures

In keeping with the athlete rights and responsibilities under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, Team Canada athletes are:

  • Encouraged to bring someone with them to doping control to act as their representative and to assist with translation or interpretation as needed,
  • Advised to record their concerns regarding the doping control process in a Supplementary Report (if available) or on the Doping Control Form in the “Comments” area,
  • Reminded that they must report to the doping control station immediately when notified for doping control unless the Lima 2019 Anti-Doping Team approves a request for a delay. Valid reasons for requesting a delay include:
    • Performing a warm-down,
    • Obtaining medical treatment,
    • Fulfilling media commitments,
    • Completing a training session, or
    • Participating in a medal ceremony.

If an athlete is granted a delay reporting to the doping control station or a leave from the doping control station, they will be accompanied by a chaperone. It is the athlete’s responsibility to remain in sight of the chaperone.


In order to protect clean athletes and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against doping, the Pan Am Sports Medical Commission requires all national Olympic committees to collect athlete whereabouts information.

Team Canada athletes who are included in the CCES Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or international federation (IF) RTP are required to continue to update their whereabouts in ADAMS during the Games.

Games-time whereabouts information must include:

  • 60-minute time slot and location for testing,
  • Accommodation details, including building and room number in the Athletes’ Village,
  • Competition schedule, and
  • Training locations and times.

Athletes may appoint a team leader, agent, coach or other who may submit whereabouts information on their behalf, but they remain responsible for the accuracy of their information.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is responsible for providing the Pan Am Sports Medical Commission with travel schedules, rooming allocations and training schedules.

Team Canada athletes must keep their team leader informed of the following information during the Games:

  • Accommodation details (including room number in the Village),
  • Competition schedule, and
  • Training locations and times.


Athletes requiring the use of prescription and/or over-the-counter medications must verify the status of all of their medications to determine whether they appear on WADA’s 2019 Prohibited List. During the Games, athletes must consult with a COC team physician regarding their medications.

To check the status of medications while in Canada, athletes can:

  • Use the GlobalDRO,
  • Email,
  • Call the CCES at 1-800-672-7775 (toll free), and
  • Contact their team physician or the COC physician assigned to their sport.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

The Pan Am Sports Medical Commission states: “It is expected that all athletes competing at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games who need a Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) would have requested it from the corresponding anti-doping organization, so that the TUE is provided before the opening of the Athletes’ Village at the latest.”

To meet the TUE requirements, Team Canada athletes with a TUE from the CCES or their IF should verify their:

  • TUE expiry date. Ensure it will be valid through the Games period.
  • TUE medication and dosage. Ensure it reflects the current treatment plan.
  • TUE authorizing body. Athletes with a CCES TUE must verify their IF’s TUE requirements for the Games.

Athletes who require a TUE must:

  • Determine prior to the Games whether they are considered an international-level athlete by their IF. If so, they must send a request to their IF; otherwise they must submit the TUE request to the CCES.
  • Keep their team physician and the COC Chief Medical Officer apprised of their TUE application status.

During the Games period, the Pan Am Sports Medical Commission will only consider retroactive TUE requests for emergencies, which must be submitted as soon as possible to the Pan Am Sports Medical Commission in the Athletes’ Village Polyclinic. Team physicians will facilitate the application process. Download the bilingual English-Spanish TUE request form.

For more information about TUEs:


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