Out-of-competition testing not only in training
Doping controls out-of-competition include all tests that do not take place in the competition, at home, in training, in the university e.g.
Intelligence and unpredictability
Athletes are controlled selectively according to their sport, their squad status, as well as their performance. Particularly in times when athletes prepare for their sporting highlights, or are in the regeneration phase, doping controls-out-of-competition are initiated by NADA. NADA tests 365 days of the year at any time of the day (as well at night) at home as well as athletes that are abroad for example for training camps.
Testing pool and testing pool announcements
Basically, only athletes that belong to a so-called test pool may be asked out-of-competition controls. There are four testing pools: the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), the National Testing Pool (NTP), the General Testing Pool (ATP) and the Team Testing Pool (TTP). The classification of an athlete in a testing pool is based on the risk assessment of the sport and the individual squad the athlete is in.
Thus, NADA can fulfill its mission of comprehensive controls at any time and any place, the athletes report periodically the relevant information about their whereabouts to NADA. These whereabouts requirements vary depending on the test pool they are in. For more information, see the section test pools and whereabouts.
Doping control process for out-of-competition tests
Testing pool athletes can be controlled at any time and any place. Training venue or the place of residence may also be included such as school, college or the workplace of the athletes. If an athlete has been asked by the control officer for a control he has the right to terminate its activity. However, he must ensure that he does not leave the field of view of the control officer until the test is completed. Further information about theprocess of a control can be found in our doping control film for urine tests as well as blood tests.