Understand the process


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Any athlete can be tested at any time. We understand that going through the sample collection process (also known as 'doping control') can be unnerving, especially if it's your first time. This page explains the process to help you prepare and feel more comfortable when it's your turn.

  • In-competition testing takes place either immediately after you’ve finished competing or at any time during an event, tournament, regatta or games.
  • Out-of-competition testing can take place at any time of the year and at any location, including your home, training venue, hotel or when you’re overseas.

Sample collection for testing will be carried out by a trained and accredited DFSNZ official. If you're selected for testing, your most immediate responsibility is to provide a sample and comply with the process. If you fail to do so, it may result in an anti-doping rule violation.

Once you have been notified that you will be tested, you have a responsibility to:

  • remain in sight of the doping control officer (DCO) personnel at all times;
  • report to the doping control station as soon as possible;
  • produce valid identification at the doping control station;
  • comply with the sample collection process.

Understand your rights and responsibilities (in English and Te Reo Māori).

What happens during the doping control process

Video: The doping control process explained

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