Each stakeholder in the global anti-doping system has roles and responsibilities, which are outlined in the WADA Code. The TWIF Anti-Doping Rules reflect these anti-doing roles and responsibilities for the sport of Tug of War.
Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel, and other persons who are subject to anti-doping rules all have rights and responsibilities. They must know, understand and comply with Code Art. 21 (Additional Roles and Responsibilities of Athletes and Other Persons), particularly Art. 21.1 (Roles and Responsibilities of Athletes), Art. 21.2 (Roles and Responsibilities of Athlete Support Personnel) and Art. 21.3 (Roles and Responsibilities of Other Persons Subject to the Code). These provisions are reflected in Art. 20, 21 and 22 of the TWIF Anti-Doping Rules.
Below is a summary of the rights and responsibilities of athletes, Athlete Support Personnel, and other persons who are subject to anti-doping rules. Please refer to the Code and TWIF Anti-Doping Rules for details.
Athlete rights exist throughout the Code and International Standards and are also set out in the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act. They include:
· Equality of opportunity
· Equitable and Fair Testing programs
· Medical treatment and protection of health rights
· Right to justice
· Right to accountability
· Whistle-blower rights
· Right to education
· Right to data protection
· Rights to compensation
· Protected Persons Rights
· Rights during a Sample Collection Session
· Right to B sample analysis
· Other rights and freedoms not affected
· Application and standing
To avoid doping violations it is essential that athletes are aware of their anti-doping responsibilities. Athlete Support Personnel should also familiarise themselves with these in order to be able to support their athletes. These include:
· Knowing and following the TWIF Anti-Doping Rules.
· Taking full responsibility for what you ingest – make sure that no prohibited substance enters your body and that no prohibited methods are used
· Informing medical personnel of your obligations as an athlete
· Cooperating with the TWIF and other Anti-Doping Organisations (WADA, ITA, NADOs)
· Being available for sample collection
· Not working with coaches, trainers, physicians or other Athlete Support Personnel who are ineligible on account of an ADRV, or who have been criminally convicted or disciplined in relation to doping.
Rights and Responsibilities of Athlete Support Personnel and Other Groups
· Like athletes, Athlete Support Personnel and other members of the TWIF also have anti-doping rights and responsibilities. These include:
· Being knowledgeable of anti-doping policies and rules which are applicable to you or the athlete(s) you support
· Using your influence on athlete values and behaviours to foster anti-doping attitudes
· Complying with all anti-doping policies and rules which are applicable to you or the athlete(s) you support
· Cooperating with the athlete testing program
· Disclosing to TWIF and your NADO whether you have committed any Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) within the previous ten years
· Cooperating with anti-doping organisations investigating ADRVs