Anti Doping Policy
The Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames endorses a healthy and fair approach to sports training and competition. Sports events at the Outgames are sanctioned by Danish sports governing bodies. To comply with the rules of these sports bodies and to ensure that the Outgames are conducted in the spirit of fair play, GLISA and the Outgames endorse the anti-doping policies of Anti Doping Danmark and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
As a result, all participants in the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames must adhere to GLISA's policies on doping and may be required to undergo drug-testing. We urge all participants to become familiar with this policy.
Catherine Meade and Wessel van Kampen
GLISA - Gay and Lesbian International
Policy on Doping
GLISA and the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames (hereafter referred to as ‘the organizers’) condemn the use of banned substances and doping practices to enhance performance in sport. Substances and practices to enhance performance are contrary to the notions of fair play, integrity and respect, are potentially harmful to the health of athletes, and in some cases, are illegal.
All athletes competing in the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames must adhere to GLISA’s position on drugs in sport and may be required to undergo drug-testing. Collection and drug-testing of urine samples will occur if any athlete establishes a world record, and may occur randomly in other high risk sports, as determined by the organizers and Anti Doping Danmark.
GLISA endorses a healthy and fair approach to sports training and competition for the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames and will deter Outgames participants from using banned substances and engaging in doping practices by:
- Publishing this policy on the GLISA and Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames web sites and distributing information on the policy to all Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames athletes;
- Referring athletes to the anti-doping policies of the sport governing bodies that have sanctioned the events of the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames;
- Providing information and educational materials on banned substances and doping practices to Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames athletes;
- Recognizing any doping infractions and penalties imposed by the sport governing bodies that have sanctioned events of the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames;
- Imposing appropriate penalties that are within the jurisdiction of the organizers in the event an athlete commits a doping infraction.
Authority and jurisdiction
Sport events in the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames are sanctioned by provincial, national, and in some cases, international sports governing bodies. All athletes registering for the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames agree, in the Terms and Conditions for Copenhagen 2009 Worlf Outgames, to abide by the rules and regulations as determined by the sport governing bodies for the sport event in which they are registered, as well as to abide by the rules and regulations of the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames and GLISA.
Drug-testing at the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames will be conducted pursuant to this policy by officials of Anti Doping Danmark (ADD), the agency approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct drug-testing in Denmark. All drug-testing at the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames, including sample collection, sample analysis and results management, will be carried out under the jurisdiction and authority of the ADD.
Information on substances prohibited by WADA is available in the Substance Classification Booklet (2009). Athletes competing in the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames are advised that WADA prohibits a very wide range of substances, including those found in medicinal products and nutritional supplements, as well as many recreational drugs. The onus is on the athlete to be aware of these prohibitions, as the presence of prohibited substances in the body will constitute a doping offence.
The organizers recognize that many Outgames competitors may require medications for therapeutic use to manage health issues. Some of these substances may be classified as restricted or banned substances by WADA. Under WADA rules, such substances may be used if medically prescribed or on the provision of suitable medical evidence that their use is therapeutic.
The organizers have negotiated a change to the WADA protocol that normally requires athletes to obtain the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) at the time of medical prescription, and/or to provide medical evidence of therapeutic use prior to arrival at a sport event. For the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames, competitors do not need to obtain the TUE in advance, or to declare which substances they are taking, before their arrival at the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames.
In the event that an athlete is selected for drug-testing and there is an adverse finding, that athlete will be given the opportunity to provide appropriate medical evidence for therapeutic use. The sample collection procedure and description of appropriate medical evidence are set out below.
Sample collection procedures
In the event that an athlete is selected for drug-testing and is required to provide a urine sample, the following process will be used:
- Notification of drug-testing will be given to the athlete by an ADD official.
- The athlete will be chaperoned by the official from the time of notification until the completion of sample collection. Athletes will be given the opportunity to have a representative or interpreter accompany them through this process.
- The athlete will be taken to the Doping Control Station where the urine sample is collected. The process consists of the following:
Preparing for Sample Collection
- The process is explained by the Chaperone.
- The rights of the athlete are explained. GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) Policy on Doping - Version 1.0
- The athlete will be given an opportunity to hydrate (consume fluids).
- The athlete will complete a written declaration of any substances they know to have in their system.
Collecting the Sample
- Samples will be collected according to established ADD protocols for urine sample collection.
Documenting the Sample Collection
- Athletes will fill out the prescribed forms to document the sample collection.
- At this time athletes will be asked to state what medications, if any, they are taking. In the event that they have suitable medical evidence with them, they should provide it at this time.
- Suitable medical evidence includes, but is not limited to, a letter from a physician, a written prescription, or an original medication bottle indicating name of medication, name of athlete, date, and name of prescribing physician. Depending on the nature of the medication, and in the absence of a letter from a physician, the organizers reserve the right to request further clarification from the athlete as to the nature and need for the therapeutic exemption.
- If an athlete does not have the medical evidence with them, and there is a doping infraction, they will be given the opportunity to provide suitable evidence at a later time, however they must declare all substances at the time of the collection of the sample.
- If a substance was not declared at the time of sample collection, and there is a doping infraction, the organizers, in consultation with the sanctioning sport governing body, will take appropriate action.
- Athletes will then be asked to sign the appropriate documentation to indicate their satisfaction with the procedures of the sample collection, and to note any concerns the athlete may have.
Any drug test conducted under this policy that results in an adverse finding will be referred to the appropriate sanctioning sport governing body to determine whether or not a doping infraction has been committed. In the event that it is determined that a doping infraction has been committed, the following sanctions will be applied by the organizers:
- Retraction of the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames participation medal;
- Retraction of any place medals awarded by Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames; and
- Elimination of the athlete’s result from the GLISA/Outgames performance records.
The athlete’s sport governing body may impose further sanctions in accordance with their rules.
For further information on this policy, please contact:
Sports Director, Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames