Canadian Anti-Doping Program updates for athletes with a disability

Apr 15, 2015

(Ottawa, ON – April 14, 2015) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) wishes to advise the Canadian sport community of three important updates related to the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) pertaining to athletes with a disability and the use of catheters.

Throughout the CADP and related documents and forms, the term “disability” has been changed to “impairment” to align with language used within the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and relevant International Standards. However, the CCES will continue to use the term “athlete with a disability” in our communications and education. We consider the terms “disability” and “impairment” to be equivalent for practical anti-doping purposes.

A second language change is the use of the term “urine collection or drainage system” to refer to all types of catheter usage, including intermittent catheter use. This change is found in the 2015 International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) – which is part of the 2015 CADP. The CCES will continue to use the term “intermittent catheter use” to refer to a specific type of catheterization.

The CCES will continue to follow an established Canadian practice dealing with intermittent catheter use, even though it is no longer specifically referenced within the new rules. The practice was previously outlined in Rule 6B.9 of the 2009 CADP, and will remain in effect as follows:

  • For intermittent catheter use, athletes may use their own catheter to provide a sample.
  • Where possible, this catheter should be new, and produced in a tamper-evident wrapping.
  • The doping control officer (DCO) shall inspect all catheters provided by an athlete prior to their use.
  • The cleanliness of a used or un-sealed catheter is the responsibility of the athlete.

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The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

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For further information, please contact:

Justin MacNeill
Communications Coordinator
613-521-3340 x3314