Opening of the Olympic Village
July 24, 2016
Opening of the Paralympic Village
September 5, 2016
Congratulations on being selected to represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Rio!
Here are some helpful resources and reminders as you prepare for the world stage.
This page will be updated with Paralympic Games Anti-Doping Rules information once released.
2016 Olympic Games Anti-Doping Rules
The IOC is responsible for the anti-doping testing program during the Period of the Games (POG), which is from the opening of the Athlete’s Village to the Closing Ceremony.
For the Olympic Games, all samples collected will be analyzed for substances prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, as found on the WADA Prohibited List.
Athletes selected anytime from 12 hours prior to a competition in which they are to participate through the end of the competition and the sample collection process related to that competition, will be tested for ALL prohibited substances and methods.
(The term Competition is defined as “A single race, match, game, or singular sport contest.”)
Any other testing completed at the Rio Games will be considered Out-of-Competition, and athletes will be tested for substances and methods prohibited out-of-competition.
Athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games may be tested by the IOC/IPC at any time during the POG, regardless of their location. As a participant, whether you are an athlete or athlete support personnel, you have accepted the Rules of the Games as a condition of participation, and it is assumed that you have agreed to comply with those rules.
The Prohibited List
For the 2016 Olympic Games, the IOC will recognize the most current version of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List which contains the substances and methods prohibited for the Games.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions
As an athlete, it is your responsibility to determine whether any substance or method that you are using is prohibited. Check the status of your medication using Global DRO.
If you are taking a medication that is on the 2016 Prohibited List to treat an illness or condition, you will need an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) giving you authorization to use that substance during the Period of the Games. If you do not already have a TUE on file with USADA, please apply for an exemption immediately.
For athletes competing in the Olympic Games, if you do not submit your TUE to USADA prior to July 23, you will need to contact the IOC to file a TUE for the Olympics.
Remember: Submitting a TUE does not mean automatic approval. The TUE review process can take up to 21 days for a decision to be made, and you must have an approved TUE to use a prohibited substance during the Period of the Games.
Learn more about TUEs.