Anti-Doping Information for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The CCES is pleased to provide Team Canada athletes with anti-doping information for the 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham, England. The following information about anti-doping rules and responsibilities applies to Team Canada athletes and support personnel for the duration of the Games periods.

Anti-Doping Rules

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Anti-Doping Rules will be in force for the Games.

During this time, athletes are under the jurisdiction of the CGF, regardless of where they are and when they arrive in or leave Birmingham. Athletes may be notified of their selection for doping control at any time and in any place in the world, with no advance notice.

Games period begin

July 19, 2022

Opening of the Athletes’ Village

Games period ends

August 10, 2022

Closing of the Athletes’ Village

World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2022 Prohibited List will be in effect during the Games. All samples collected by the CCES, international federations, and the CGF as of January 1, 2022, will be analyzed in accordance with the 2022 Prohibited List.

The in-competition period begins at 11:59 p.m. on the day before any competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through to the end of that competition (including the sample collection process, when applicable). A competition is equal to a single race, match or game, such as a field hockey game or 100-metre race in athletics. The period may differ in specific sports. Check with your international federation (IF) if there are any changes to the in-competition period during the Games.

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

Medications

Athletes who require prescription and/or over-the-counter medications must verify the status of all medications to determine whether they appear on the 2022 Prohibited List. During the Games, athletes should consult with a Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) team physician regarding their medications.

To check the status of medications obtained in Canada or the U.K., athletes can:

  • Use Global DRO.
  • Email [email protected].
  • Call the CCES at 1-800-672-7775.
  • Contact their team physician or the CSC physician assigned to their sport.

Some medications may not be allowed into England. Athletes are encouraged to consult their team physicians with questions about the status of their medications.

Status of Glucocorticoids

The status of glucocorticoids changed with the 2022 Prohibited List. All injectable routes of administration of glucocorticoids are now prohibited in-competition, including these examples: intravenous, intramuscular, periarticular, intra-articular, peritendinous, intratendinous, epidural, intrathecal, intrabursal, intralesional (e.g., intrakeloid), intradermal, and subcutaneous.

To avoid inadvertent doping violations, athletes should follow the minimum washout periods for glucocorticoids. Washout periods are expressed from the time of administration to the start of the in-competition period and are based on the maximum manufacturer’s licensed doses for these medications. See page 3 of WADA’s Glucocorticoids and Therapeutic Use Exemptions Guidelines.

Athletes who have a legitimate medical need for the use of a prohibited glucocorticoid can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Supplements

There is no way to guarantee that any supplement is free of prohibited substances – even those that do not list a prohibited substance on the label. Athletes are strictly liable for anything found in their sample. Read more about the doping risks associated with supplement use and the Supplements FAQ.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

Athletes who require a medication that is included in the WADA Prohibited List may require a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and should determine how to proceed from the following options:

Athletes with a valid TUE from the CCES or their IF must:

  • Ensure the TUE Is in ADAMS by June 19, 2022. Contact the CCES for confirmation if necessary.
  • Verify TUE expiry date. Ensure it will be valid through the Games period.
  • Verify the TUE medication and dosage. Ensure it reflects the current treatment plan.
  • Verify the TUE authorizing body. Athletes with a CCES TUE must verify their IF’s TUE requirements for the Games.
  • Contact the CCES if you need help with any of the above. 

Athletes who don’t have a valid TUE and require a TUE before June 19, 2022 must:

  • Use the CCES Medical Exemption Wizard to determine whether they must send the request to the CCES or their IF.
  • Apply to the CCES or their IF by June 19 to ensure sufficient time to review the application.
  • Keep their team physician and the CSC’s Chief Medical Officer apprised of their TUE application status.

After June 19, athletes who require a new TUE in connection with the Games must:

Note: Team physicians will facilitate the application process. TUEs granted by the CGF TUE Committee will be valid only for the period of the Games.

For more information about TUEs:

Doping Control Procedures

In keeping with athlete rights and responsibilities under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), Team Canada athletes should:

  • Bring someone with you to doping control to act as your representative and to assist with translation or interpretation as needed.
  • Record your concerns regarding the doping control process in a Supplementary Report (if available) or on the Doping Control Form in the “Comments” area.
  • Request modifications to the sample collection process if necessary.
  • Report to the doping control station immediately when notified for doping control. Athletes have the right to request a delay but are not guaranteed that a delay will be granted. Valid reasons for requesting a delay include:
  • Locating a representative and/or interpreter,
  • Performing a warm-down,
  • Obtaining medical treatment,
  • Obtaining photo identification,
  • Fulfilling media commitments,
  • Completing a training session,
  • Competing in additional competitions, or
  • Participating in a medal ceremony.

If an athlete is granted a delay reporting to 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.

Athletes will be asked to provide a urine and/or blood sample. For athletes who are minors or who have an impairment, specific modifications can be made to the testing process. During the Games, dried blood spot (DBS) samples could also be collected in certain sports. DBS is a method that collects a few drops of blood by pricking the athlete's fingertip, upper arm, or other suitable location. The drops are then placed onto special filter paper cards to be analyzed by the laboratory.

Athletes with an impairment are responsible for having additional urine collection equipment available if necessary in order to provide a sample, for example, urine collection or drainage systems.

Whereabouts

Whereabouts information is collected to protect clean athletes, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against doping, and ensure athletes can be located for out-of-competition testing.

RTP Athletes

Team Canada athletes who are included in the CCES Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or 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/block and room number in the Athletes’ Village,
  • Detailed accommodation information for athletes not staying in the Athletes’ Village, and
  • Training and competition schedule, including venues/location.

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.

Non-RTP Athletes

Athletes not in an RTP will need to provide Games-time whereabouts information to Commonwealth Sport Canada, who will share the information with the CGF. Such information may include:

  • Arrival and departure dates,
  • Accommodation details, including building/block and room number in the Athletes’ Village,
  • Detailed accommodation information for athletes not staying in the Athletes’ Village, and
  • Training and competition schedule, including venues/location.

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