Congratulations on being selected to represent Team USA at the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang! The below information and links will help you navigate your anti-doping responsibilities as you prepare for your day on the big stage. Do not hesitate to contact us at athleteexpress@USADA.org if you have any questions.
2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Anti-Doping Rules
Period of the Games
The IOC and the IPC are 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 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 Games will be considered Out-of-Competition, and athletes will be tested for substances and methods prohibited out-of-competition.
Athletes participating in the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter 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 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, the IOC and the IPC will recognize the most current version of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 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 2018 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. Please apply for a TUE immediately if:
- You do not already have a TUE on file with USADA
- Your TUE will expire prior to the period of the games
- Your TUE will expire during the period of the games
Games TUE Deadlines:
- For both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, submit your TUE application to USADA (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to November 21, 2017 to ensure your application is reviewed in time for the Games.
- Any TUE received by USADA for the Olympic or Paralympic Games on or after November 21, 2017 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate TUE committee to process (International Federation or USADA).
- Once the Period of the Games are in effect, please submit your TUE directly to the IOC (email@example.com) or the IPC (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please copy USADA on all TUE submissions so that we may assist in the process as necessary.
- During The Games, please contact USADA Athlete Express (1-800-601-2632) for answers to questions regarding TUEs for emergency medical treatment.
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.