Testing Procedures (Urine, Blood & Athlete Biological Passport)

Introduction to Doping Control

The aim of testing is to detect and deter doping amongst athletes and to protect clean athletes. Any athlete under the testing jurisdiction of IWGA may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, and be required to provide a urine or a blood sample. Note that the IWGA anti-doping programme is managed by the International Testing Agency (ITA). 

What to expect during the Doping Control Process

The doping control process is clearly defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This means that no matter where and when an athlete is tested, the process should remain the same.

The key steps of the doping control process are listed out in this Doping Control infographic (also available in Arabic (ﻋرﺑﻰ), Chinese (中文), French (français), German (deutsch), Italian (italiano), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), Portuguese (português), Russian (русский) and Spanish (español).

Rights & Responsibilities during Sample Collection

Athletes have a number of rights and responsibilities during sample collection. These are:

To have a representative accompany them during the process

To request an interpreter, if one is available

To ask for Chaperone’s/Doping Control Officer’s identification

To ask any questions

To request a delay for a valid reason (e.g., attending a victory ceremony, receiving necessary medical attention, warming down or finishing a training session)

To request special assistance or modifications to the process

To record any comments or concerns on the Doping Control Form

Athlete responsibilities during sample collection are to:

Report for testing immediately if selected

Show valid identification (usually a government-issued ID). The official World Games accreditation is considered a valid form of identification during the event for which the accreditation is valid

Remain in direct sight of the Doping Control Officer or Chaperone

Comply with the collection procedure


Athlete Biological Passport

The Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) was introduced in 2009 and is a pillar method in the detection of doping. It is an individual electronic profile that monitors selected Athlete biological variables that indirectly reveal the effects of doping.


Anti-Doping Privacy Notice

The IWGA Privacy Notice describes how we will collect, use and share personal information about you to run the Games’ anti-doping program and create a clean sport environment for all athletes.