Anti-Doping Overview


Here are some of the Important Facts and Highlights from our Athlete Guide


What is WADA?

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the International independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.

WADA coordinated the development, and subsequent evolution, of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). WADA is engaged in many key activities, including scientific and social science research, education, athlete outreach, anti-doping capacity building, enforcement and monitoring Code implementation. WADA is not a testing agency.


What is ORADO?

The Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (ORADO) is the regional anti-doping organization (ADO) for Oceania to help promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.

ORADO key results areas includes, Education & Advocacy, Doping Control, Implementation of Anti-doping Rules & Establish National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO), Communication, and Sustainability of anti-doping programs. ORADO is a testing agency.



What is the Code?

The Code is the document that works to ensure that anti-doping regulations are the same across all sports and all countries.



What is Doping?

Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following anti-doping rule violations:

1. Presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete's sample

2. Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method

3. Refusing to submit to sample collection after being notified

4. Failure to file athlete whereabouts information & missed tests

5. Tampering with any part of the doping control process

6. Possession of a prohibited substance or method

7. Trafficking a prohibited substance or method

8. Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete


the LIST of Prohibited Substances and Methods

The List applies to athletes both in- and out-of-competition. WADA updates the List annually and the most current version is posted on

  • The irresponsible use of any medical, dietary or other substance or method can rob you of your best performance.
  • Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use. Even an "all-natural" supplement could contain a prohibited substance.
  • Before taking medications/ supplements you should always consult:
    • the List
    • your National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO)/ORADO/ International Federation (IF)
    • a pharmacist or physician



By applying for and obtaining a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from your IF (for international level athletes) or NADO (for national level athletes), you may be allowed to take certain prohibited medication for specific conditions.



If you are identified in a Registered Testing Pool (RTP), you must provide current and accurate whereabouts information, including your:

  • Home Address
  • training schedule and venues
  • regular personal activities such as work or school

Additionally, you have to specify a location and a 60-minute window each day where you can be sought for testing. Should you not be present at the specified location during the hour this could be declared a missed test. Even if you are not included in an RTP you could be requested to provide similar whereabouts information.


Testing (Doping Control)

If you compete at the international, regional and/or national level, you can have your urine and/or blood tested anytime, anywhere by your IF, NADO or a Major Event Organizing Committee. Specially trained and accredited doping control personnel carry out all tests.

Testing can be conducte in-competiton and out-of-competition.

But why me?

  • In-competition you can be chosen by random selection, finishing position or by being targeted for a particular reason.
  • Out-of-competition you may be tested anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice.
  • If you are a minor or an athlete with a specific disability, you may require slight modifications to the sample collection procedure. You can discuss these modifications with the Doping Control Officer at the time of testing.


Results Management

Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban. The period of ineligibility may vary depending on the type of anti-doping violation, the circumstances of an individual case, the substance, and the possible repetition of an anti-doping rule violation.

As an athlete, you have the right to request a B sample analysis. You are entitles to a fair hearing and to appeal any decision regarding a positive test or sanction imposed on you following an anti-doping rule violation.

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  • 12-15: Tuvalu Anti-Doping Workshop & DCO Training


  • 2: 2017 Pacific Mini Games, Chaperone Refresher Training, Port Vila, VANUATU
  • 3: 5th Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting, Port Vila, VANUATU
  • 4-7: International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia & Oceania, Chiba, JAPAN
  • 4-15: 2017 Pacific Mini Games, Port Vila, VANUATU




  • 18-20: North Pacific Anti-Doping Master Educator Training, GUAM

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