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Beijing 2022
Anti-Doping Information

Testing during the games:

  • Anti-doping authority has been delegated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the International Testing Agency (ITA) for the Olympic Games and to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the Paralympic Games.
  • For the Olympics, from November 26, 2021- January 26, 2022 the International Olympic Committee (IOC), or the International Testing Agency (ITA) on its behalf, can begin pre-games testing of athletes.
  • Trained Doping Control Officers (DCOs) from China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) and international National Anti-Doping Organizations and third-party collection providers will collect samples during the Games. All urine and blood samples are analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Beijing. Throughout the doping control process, an athlete has the right to an interpreter, as well as a representative. USADA strongly encourages all athletes to have a representative, such as a coach, team representative or doctor, during the doping control process. If you have questions or concerns during doping control, ask the DCO to explain.
  • The in-competition testing is the period commencing at 11:59 p.m. on the day before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate, through the end of the competition or the sample collection process related to the competition. Any test that does no happen during the in-competition window is considered an out-of-competition test.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)


  • For the Games, all Team USA athletes will need to provide complete Whereabouts that include:
    1. Building and room number in the Village
    2. Training locations/schedule in at the Games
    3. Detailed accommodation information (if not staying in Village)
    4. Indicate any travel days when travelling to/from China
  • Remember to update your Whereabouts before you go and at the Games and when/if your schedule changes. The athlete is ultimately responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date Whereabouts information.

meat contamination

Recent changes to the anti-doping rules have greatly lessened the chances of an anti-doping rule violation due to meat contamination. However, USADA still urges athletes to use the utmost care and caution if eating meat while traveling abroad, and to be aware of the potential for contamination. To reduce the risk of unintentionally ingesting a prohibited substance through contaminated meat:

  • Choose meat from a reputable source (e.g., athlete village, hotel, etc.).
    • Imported meats from the United States, Europe, New Zealand, or Australia have tighter regulations and higher quality standards. Consider certified-organic meats.
  • Avoid eating unusual or exotic meats, including liver or liver-derived products. Do not eat street food.
  • Keep a record of what was consumed and where (on paper, in your phone, or via pictures).
  • Consider alternative protein sources.

Remember that you are ultimately responsible for what goes in your body.


All glucocorticoids are prohibited in competition when administered orally, rectally, or by injection of any type.

It’s especially important to note the status of glucocorticoid injections. As of January 1, 2022, ALL glucocorticoid injections are prohibited during the in-competition period. This includes injections into joints, bursa, or the epidural space, which are all routes of administration that were previously allowed. If a glucocorticoid is prescribed via a prohibited in-competition route prior to competition, athletes are advised to follow the minimum wash out periods recommended by WADA. Please click the link to learn more about glucocorticoids.

The following are also prohibited in the Village at the Games:

  • Cryogenic chambers and hypoxic/hyperpoxic tents, chambers or devices
  • Oxygen tanks and/or cylinders
  • The Olympic Games are “needle-free.” There is NOT a “No-needle” policy for the Paralympics. However, all injections should be administered in the team medical space.
  • The only people allowed to use needles are:
    • Medical practitioners- for the treatment of injury or illness for someone with a valid TUE
    • People requiring injections for medical conditions with a valid TUE (e.g., diabetes)
  • Click here to learn more about the “No-needle” Policy
  • Be aware of specific rules on volume limits on injections/infusions.

In beijing with questions?

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Anti-Doping Rules (ITA)

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Anti-Doping Code (IPC Code)

Contact your Team Leader

 USADA is available 24/7 during the Period of the Games at (719) 785-2000

NOTE: Rules are subject to change. Please refer to the IOC and IPC rules for any rule changes.

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