2024 Youth Olympic Games

Clean Sport at the IV Winter Youth Olympic Games

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) wishes the best of luck to Team Canada at the IV Winter Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon province, South Korea!

Anti-Doping Rules

The Games period is January 15 to February 1, 2024. This is the date of the opening of the Village through to the day of the closing ceremony.

The testing authority for the Games will be the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Testing Agency (ITA) will carry out testing and conduct results management on behalf of the IOC. Athletes may be notified of their selection for doping control at any time, at any place in the world, with no advance notice.

Before you go:

Anti-Doping Education

If you’re an athlete and have been named to Team Canada, you’re in your sport’s National Athlete Pool (NAP) and are therefore required to complete education under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). This comes with specific rights and responsibilities.

Using the PDF invitation you were sent by email, sign up for an account in the CCES Online Learning Portal and complete one of the following courses, determined by your eligibility.

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True Sport Clean: Next Gen

Athletes under the age of 17 who are new to our system will complete True Sport Clean: Next Gen.

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True Sport Clean

Athletes 17 and older doing a CCES e-learning course for the first time (or who haven’t done a course in over a year) will complete True Sport Clean.

The True Sport Clean Review

Returning learners (i.e., who completed a True Sport Clean course in 2022) will complete The True Sport Clean Review.

If you have any questions or need assistance, email [email protected].

Why complete anti-doping education?

Athletes may be selected for doping control (have samples of urine and/or blood collected and tested for prohibited substances), so they should be diligent about the medications and supplements they’re taking.

Athlete support personnel, like coaches, trainers, medical support personnel, and administrators, should know how to support athletes through every step of the doping control process and avoid other prohibited behaviours.

Parents, guardians, and other caregivers should support their child as they step up to compete on the world stage, help them navigate a complex anti-doping system, and ensure their rights are respected and they fulfill their responsibilities.

For everybody, it means staying true to your values whether you’re in training, coaching, cheering, competing, or in the stands. Be clear about which principles drive you to ensure the Youth Olympic Games is truly a positive sport experience.

Competition Manipulation Education

In addition to anti-doping rules, the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions is in force at the Games! The CCES and the Canadian Olympic Committee continue to collaborate on education about this issue, including offering a brief course to athletes going to the Youth Olympic Games.

To learn more about competition manipulation, also known as match fixing and match manipulation, we ask you to sign up for an account in the CCES Online Learning Portal using the PDF invitation you were sent by email, then complete Understanding Competition Manipulation.

Some key rules to remember about competition manipulation:

  • Don’t bet on your own competition, any competition in your sport, or any event in your competition.
  • Never share inside information that isn’t publicly available – don’t ask for it, receive it, or use it either.
  • Always do your best. Never manipulate the competition, in whole or in part. Don’t help anyone to do so, either.
  • Report what you know if you have suspicions or are aware of attempts to manipulate the competition. Use the CCES Integrity Hotline or the IOC’s Integrity Hotline.

Learn more about competition manipulation here.

Check Your Medications

Do you use a prescription medication or any over-the-counter medications? They could contain substances that are prohibited in sport.

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is an international standard prepared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that identifies which substances and methods are prohibited in sport. Learn more about the categories in the Prohibited List on our page about banned substances and methods.

To avoid testing positive by mistake, make sure that you search for any and all medications you’re using or will be using during the Games in our online database, Global DRO.

Did you do a search and still need help? Get in touch:

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Submit an inquiry:
Complete the online form

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Email your question to: [email protected]

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1-800-672-7775 or 1 613-521-3340 from abroad

 

How can I check medications when I’m in Korea?

Medications sold in Korea are not included in Global DRO’s database. Whenever possible, bring medications you have verified in Global DRO with you, and declare the use of locally purchased medications during doping control.

If you need to purchase medication locally, talk to the medical team before you consume anything, and search by ingredient rather than DIN or brand name. Common medications you take in Canada may include different ingredients in other countries.

What does “prohibited in competition” mean during the Games?

Global DRO may tell you that your medication is prohibited in competition only. At the IV Winter Youth Olympic Games, the in-competition period starts at 11:59 pm the day before a competition in which you’re taking part. It ends following the conclusion of the doping control process for that competition.

Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption, if necessary

The CCES grants medical exemptions for medically justified uses of prohibited prescription medications. There are several types of exemptions. Youth Olympic Games athletes with a prohibited prescription medication need to apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) prior to competition.

Already have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?

Athletes with a valid TUE from the CCES or their international federation (IF) must ensure the TUE is in ADAMS prior to the opening of the Village (see Anti-Doping Rules section at the top of the page for dates). You should also verify your TUE certificate for:

  • TUE expiration date. Ensure it will be valid through the entire Games period.
  • TUE medication and dosage. Ensure it reflects your current treatment plan.
Do you need a TUE?

The application process can be lengthy so it’s important to apply as soon as possible.

If you require a new TUE, you must:

  • Use the CCES Medical Exemption Wizard to determine whether you should submit the application to the international federation (IF) or the CCES.
  • Apply to the CCES or the IF before January 15 to ensure there’s enough time for the application to be reviewed. This action should be completed as soon as possible.
  • Keep the team physician and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Chief Medical Officer apprised of your TUE application status.

Did you go through the Medical Exemption Wizard and still need help? Get in touch:

Read more about Therapeutic Use Exemptions

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Email your question
to: [email protected]

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1-800-672-7775 or
1 613-521-3340 from abroad

Athletes who require a new TUE after January 15 must follow the instructions on the ITA website, and submit to the TUE Office at the Polyclinic in the Athlete’s Village or directly in ADAMS.

Doping Control Procedures

Always remember your rights and responsibilities as an athlete under the CADP:

  • You can bring someone with you to doping control to act as your representative and to assist with translation or interpretation as needed,
  • Minors must be accompanied by a representative,
  • You can request modifications to the sample collection process,
  • You must report to the doping control station immediately when notified for doping control, and
  • Record your concerns regarding the doping control process in a Supplementary Report (if available) or on the Doping Control Form in the “Comments” area.

Can I ask for a delay reporting to doping control?

You can always request a delay for a valid reason, but the doping control officer (DCO) may not be able to grant a delay. If you are granted a delay, you’ll be accompanied by a chaperone and must remain in sight the whole time – no exceptions.

Valid reasons for requesting a delay:

  • Locating a representative and/or interpreter,
  • Warming down,
  • Obtaining medical treatment,
  • Obtaining photo identification,
  • Fulfilling media commitments,
  • Completing a training session,
  • Competing in additional events, or
  • Participating in a medal ceremony.

Athletes will be asked to provide urine and/or blood samples.

The Doping Control Process

Find out what to expect during doping control, from the time you are notified until you complete the process.

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Tips for Doping Control

See what Canadian Olympians have to say after being tested a combined 150 times.

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What are Doping Control Officers Like?

See what Canadian Olympians have to say about the people who collect your samples.

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Questions about the process? Email [email protected].

Take the True Sport Principles with You

What values and principles will you take with you to South Korea? What will you bring onto the field of play? See what Canadian Olympians have to say about how their values and principles informed their participation in sport.

The True Sport
Principles

Learn about the seven principles that are at the heart of True Sport.

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The True Sport Principles in Action

What does True Sport look like, feel like, and sound like? These infographics show you what the principles look like in action.

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Join True Sport

If you live the principles of True Sport, consider joining to demonstrate to your teammates, your opponents, and yourself that good sport can make a great difference.

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True Sport Tips for Parents

True Sport Tips for Parents helps parents nurture their child’s participation in sport and provides tips on how to ensure sport remains a positive and fun experience. Carry it with you during practices and games and feel free to share it with other sport parents!

The True Sport Principles

The True Sport Principles are available in English, French, four Indigenous languages, and several other languages that are commonly used in Canada.

For Parents and Guardians

Doping Control

Doping control refers to the process of collecting urine and blood samples for analysis. If this is the first time your child may go through doping control, it’s important for both of you to learn about the process. They will learn about it in True Sport Clean, and you can learn more about it in the Untracked version of the e-learning course, or this short video.

You can click here to learn more about the doping control process.

The Representative

Athletes can ask for someone to accompany them throughout the doping control process to help protect their rights and fulfil their responsibilities. The time for them to ask is when a DCO or chaperone notifies them that they’ve been selected for testing.

Minors are strongly encouraged to bring a representative to doping control. For a minor athlete, the representative must be an adult. If your child is a minor, consider discussing prior to the Games who will act as their representative.

That representative can be a coach or other trusted adult who is 18 or older. Your child and their chaperone can locate the representative before sample collection begins. As a representative, the trusted adult can ask questions, observe the process, and make comments on the doping control form to give the testing authority feedback about the process.

Support Checking Medications and Medical Exemptions

Two of the most important things you can do is to help your child check their medications and help with medical exemptions applications, if necessary. You may need to liaise between the CCES and your child’s physician.

Education

Unlike athletes and athlete support personnel, parents do not have a mandatory education requirement, but we encourage you to learn more about the CADP to support clean sport!

True Sport Clean: Untracked

A freely accessible version of True Sport Clean so parents can access the same course material as athletes.

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Parents' Guide to Clean Sport

Clean Sport Parents’ Guide

Download the 2023 Canada Games Parents’ Guide which summarizes everything you can do to support clean sport.

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More information about the steps you’ll need to take to check medications, prepare a medical exemption, if necessary, and more.

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FAQ

Can I safely use melatonin to help with jet lag?

The CCES recommends that all decisions about supplementation, whether for nutrition, performance, or recovery, should be made under advisement of medical professionals. If you decide to use melatonin, or any other supplement, select one that has been batch tested by a reputable testing program like BSCG, Informed Choice, Informed Sport, or NSF Certified fo r Sport to minimize the risk of contamination.

What happens if I don’t speak the same language as doping control staff?

You have the right to request a delay to find a representative and/or an interpreter. You may want to have a translation app installed and ready on your phone as a backup.

What can I do if I don’t recognize the equipment during doping control?

Some countries and some Games use equipment that’s different from the Berlinger kits used in Canada. It all works on similar principles, and samples are collected with procedures that are compliant with WADA’s international standards. The DCO will provide instructions to help you use the unfamiliar equipment to collect, split, and seal your sample.