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Protecting clean athletes by fighting against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is an international, independent organisation monitoring and regulating the global fight against doping through the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), and is responsible for monitoring the implementation of and compliance with the Code by its signatories. The Code works in conjunction with five International Standards. To learn more, click here.
As the Olympic Movement governing body, the IOC makes the Code mandatory for the entire Movement. During the Olympic Games, it oversees all doping control and testing processes in compliance with the Code regulations. However, the IOC is striving to make all these processes independent. Since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, sanctioning has been handled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and its Anti-Doping Division. The creation of an independent testing agency is also underway.
The number of tests conducted during the Olympic Games has increased over the years: up from 3,600 in Athens to over 5,000 in London and Rio. While this increase demonstrates the IOC's commitment to ensuring that athletes play fair, there is a greater shift towards using a more intelligent testing strategy through more targeted out-of-competition tests.
The IOC has taken firm action in response to the findings of the McLaren Report on doping and manipulation in Russia, which showed that there was a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general.
Circular Letter – Anti-Doping Rules – Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
Anti-Doping Rules - Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
Arbitration Rules applicable to the CAS Anti-doping Division
The 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (2018 List), which will be available on 1 October 2017, will be used during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
IOC Needle Policy for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018
IOC Policy Regarding Certain NOC Scientific and Medical Equipment for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018
Discover the new version of the Olympic Movement Medical Code which applies to Olympic Games, beginning with the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games. The document defines basic rules regarding best medical practices in the domain of sport and the safeguarding of the rights and health of the athletes.