The CCES Continues to Implement Trusted COVID-19 Procedures

(Ottawa, Ontario – March 29, 2021) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to thank Canadian athletes and support personnel for their ongoing support for and cooperation with doping control activities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the sport community’s ongoing commitment to clean sport, especially in a year filled with so much uncertainty. 

Survey data* from our True Sport Clean e-learning course and the COVID-19 and the Return to Testing module shows that the sport community has confidence in the COVID-19 supplemental procedures. From nearly 20,000 responses, 14,144 respondents agreed that they felt the supplemental procedures would keep athletes and sample collection personnel safe during sample collection, and only 1,218 disagreed.  

COVID-19 Procedures

The CCES continues to apply supplemental sample collection procedures to collect urine and blood samples, which include safety enhancements for athletes and doping control staff to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All personnel have been retrained to incorporate the supplemental procedures.

The CCES resumed urine sample collection in July 2020 and blood sample collection in October 2020 and has since collected more than 900 urine samples and over 350 blood samples following the supplemental procedures. To date, there have been no reported incidents of COVID-19 transmission through the doping control process.

The procedures were developed following a review and risk assessment of each aspect of the doping control process, and factored in guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and provincial health authorities. The CCES also worked closely with the Return to Sport Task Force, led by Own the Podium, to develop these procedures, and we are grateful for their advice and guidance.

Athletes who compete in international events should contact their international federation directly to request information about the measures they have implemented to manage the risks associated with COVID-19.  

WADA Updates COVID-19 – Athlete Q&A

WADA recently published a new Question and Answer (Q&A) document for athletes related to anti-doping and COVID-19, which is an update to the last version published in May 2020. The Q&A is available in English, French and Spanish.

The Q&A addresses matters such as:

  • Testing during COVID-19
  • Minimizing the risk of contracting or transmitting the virus
  • Filing of whereabouts information
  • Validating Therapeutic Use Exemptions
  • Maintaining the integrity of the global anti-doping system
  • Impact of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Confidence in the anti-doping system

The Status of COVID-19 Vaccines 

Athletes can rest assured that the following COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in Canada do not contain ingredients that are on the WADA Prohibited List:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (DIN: 02509210)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (DIN: 02510014)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine (DIN: 02510847 and 02511444)
  • Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (DIN: 02513153)

Canadian athletes should feel confident that they remain onside anti-doping rules when they receive these vaccines, which are listed in Global DRO with the sport status of Not Prohibited.

Athletes can also search Global DRO for vaccine information in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Resources

* Survey questions were presented as a 7-point Likert scale with 1 representing “Strongly Disagree,” 4 indicating “Neither Agree nor Disagree,” and 7 indicating “Strongly Agree.” Users were asked, “I feel that the supplemental set of procedures described will help to keep athletes and sample collection personnel safe during the sample collection process.” and were given the opportunity to provide comments. Most responses are on the side of: Agree. Most Common Response: 7 (Strongly Agree).   

Users provided many comments about the supplemental procedures and these were used to craft the COVID-19 FAQ to help respond to some concerns.

About the CCES

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. 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 making sport better by 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.
 

For further information, please contact:

Megan Cumming
Corporate Communications Manager
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
[email protected]

See Also...

Return to Testing E-Learning

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In order to get a complete understanding of the supplemental procedures that are in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, take the Return to Testing Module.

Return to Testing E-Learning (for visually impaired)

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An accessible, higher-contrast version of our Return to Testing Module is available for the visually impaired.